Holiday Promo – Amy Caudill

Looking for your next read for a cold winter’s night? My new book, Virtual, will be free on Amazon for a limited time starting December 14th. https://goo.gl/jphMpW

via Holiday Promo — amycaudill.net

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Oathbringer – Brandon Sanderson

“Sometimes a hypocrite is nothing more than a man in the process of changing.”

Synopsis
Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3)

Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together–and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past–even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.

Review

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I’m going to start this by saying Ths Stormlight Archives is one of my favourite books series, with the first book ‘The Way of Kings’ potentially being my all time favourite book. This is pretty impressive in itself as I generally only read fantasy, especially epic fantasy when I’m really in the mood for it and to be labelled all time favourite, well that’s just something else entirely haha. Mainly what I’m trying to say is that I was a tad excited for this one, (okay maybe a bit more than a tad). So what did I think?

Well it was pretty much everything I expected to be which was both totally awesome and sort of disappointing at the same time. What I mean by that is I had high expectations it’s one I have been waiting eagerly for and pre-ordered as soon as I could so the fact that it met all those expectations was fantastic, it was kind of disappointing because it didn’t go above those expectations, the last two books, especially the first was full of so many  ‘whoa’ moments that although there was definitely a few scattered within this book I kind of expected that at least something would be revealed which kind of took away from the effect. Now I know this is most definitely a first world problem but it just didn’t leave me with that absolutely knocked my socks of kind of feeling. At this point there is also a lot of characters and whole lot of POV chapters that sometimes I did have to go back and just refresh myself on what was going on. I also think I missed a fair bit there is just too much going on the whole time. But you know that’s what re-reads are for.

What I did adore about this book is getting to not only explore the main characters a whole lot more, some of whom I was becoming increasingly worried about but we got to delve into a lot of minor character development, I know I just said that there were a few to many different POV but some were ones I had been dying to read! There was also two absolute draw dropping moments in my opinion in the book, the kind that I had been sitting patiently waiting for and I’m going to be honest really didn’t see them coming! In a 1300 page book though it would of been nice to see maybe one or two more. With all that said I did thoroughly enjoy reading through the book, and am definitely waiting for the next already!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes, I think it’s kind of necessary 

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Of course


 

Quick update

So I have been slightly MIA for the last few months for a whole variety of different reasons, but I finally feel as if I can say watch this space…. now excuse me as I go and binge read many blogs xxxxx

Favorite Quotes from Books

So today I have been thinking about how when reading you never know when your gonna find that one little golden nugget of wisdom in the from of a book quote. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s inspirational, other times it just makes you think. So for fun I thought I would do a post with some of my favorite book quotes.

 

“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – The Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde.

“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, J. K. Rowling.

 

 “The only thing worse than a boy who hates you: a boy that loves you.”The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly then all at once.” The Fault in our Stars, John Green.
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” – My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult.
“Love is blind, there was no doubt about it. In Tara’s case it was also deaf, dumb, dyslexic, had a bad hip and the beginnings of Alzheimer’s”  – Last Chance Saloon, Marian Keyes.
As Carrie Fisher once said in a film, everyone thinks they have good taste and a sense of humour.”Mr Maybe, Jane Green.
if you can smile through the bad times, just imagine how much you will laugh in the good.”Perfect Daughter, Amanda Prowse.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkein.
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood.
What’s your favorite book quote?? Let me know!

Author Showcase – Sari Taurez

Hi everyone and welcome to another Author Showcase!! Today we will be focusing on Sari Taurez and her debut book Bubblegum!

Buy at Amazon (currently 99 cents and free on Kindle Unlimited): http://amzn.to/2gpMdSo

All About Bubblegum:

Tiana is your typical pampered young blonde with a love for expensive shoes, hot guys, and murder.

After Tiana is cut off from her family’s riches, she takes advantage of her talents andBubblegum becomes a killer for hire. It’s a lucrative business in her country, where a call to the police can amount to a lifetime of debt.

Her first client: Julia, a lower-class IT genius, lesbian, and devout Catholic. When the orphanage Julia volunteers at is targeted by the infamous brothel-owner Bobby Nails, Tiana is excited to take the job. But when she discovers Bobby Nails has a full army of mercenaries at his disposal, Tiana wonders if she may be in over her head.

Tiana and Julia face an unexpected adventure as they seek vengeance against the elusive Nails. Along the way they are joined by Ruby, a pyromaniac ex-prostitute who catches Julia’s eye, and William, a mysterious acrobatic fugitive searching for his daughter.

In the end, will they be enough to stop Nails and the chaos he has created?

All about the 5 Star Reviews:

“A wonderful cast of unique, flawed and diverse characters. LGBT superheroes. Non-stop action, from the first damn page.” – Travis West, “Travis Reads”

“It’s so refreshing to read a thoroughly awful leading lady. I mean that! There are next to no redeeming qualities in Tiana and I love it! How often do you get a twisted, edgy guy who has no redemption arc? Well here you’ve got a high-heel loving rich girl with a hot pink gun named Bubblegum who is willing to sell out just about anyone for a buck. Simply delightful, I tell you.” – Nina Scribbles, “Looseleaf Reviews”

“Bubblegum is unlike any other book you’ll ever read. It has action, explosions, positive LGBT representation, diversity, death, blood, gore, and so much more.” – Megan, “Under the Book Cover”

All about Sari:

Sari Taurez lives in Arizona with her wife, daughter, cat and two dogs. In her free time she crochets, paints, collects Star Trek action figures, and plays video games.

A film school graduate, Sari strives to make every novel feel like an action movie.

Sari is an advocate for LGBT rights, and strives to create thrilling adventures with LGBT characters.

This is definitely one to look out for and its available now!

The Book Theif – Markus Zusak

“I am haunted by humans.”

Goodreads Synopsis:The Book Thief

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Review:

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This is a book I have been meaning to read for such a long time and that was with only a vague sense of what the book was about! As soon as I researched a bit more into I pretty much bought the book immediately.

First things first I loved that the book was narrated by death, especially a book which revolves around the second world war, death really gives a unique insight. Secondly it’s about a girl who loves books, pretty easy to relate to! The story itself is both beautiful and horrifying, moments which would be easy to hold on to forever and a lot more which would be better if forgotten. It shows so many different aspects of the human psyche from those whose voices were tainted by the hate that surrounded them and those that were still able to find compassion and love in the small things.

The characters themselves were well thought out and as much as I tried not to love them, (I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to end well) I couldn’t help myself which led to a whole bunch of tears but still no regrets! I definitely want to go see the movie now but I think I may leave it awhile while I regroup a bit haha.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Why do you Read?

I remember as a child being asked ‘but why read when you can watch t.v?’. I could never fully articulate why I loved reading so much, don’t get me wrong I love my Netflix binges but there’s just something about books that seems to draw me in. So here is some top five reasons to read.

Top 5 reasons why I love to read!

1. I love having the ability to sit down and imagine a whole world/universe/life/story all in my head. Although I know I’m reading the same story has everyone else, the way I ‘see’ it or interpret is individual to me and I love that.

2. It calms me down. When life becomes stressful and makes my brain what I like to call ‘jittery’, I know opening a book will not only distract me but put an ease on the jittering.

3. Books provide a window into characters lives with details that you can’t get as much with anything else. You get to see how different ‘people’ react in different situations which is a great non-stalkerish way to see more into the human mind.

4. Books can be great conversation starters, they can cover so many complex issues which can really give some food to thought about the world around us, which in turn can provide some great in-depth conversations.

5. Reading is Fun! It’s something that I know I’m going to like doing pretty much no matter what.

Top 5 Scientific Reasons why you should Read!

1. It can improve your memory, which is something that can help with so many aspects of life.

2. It can improve your concentration, another great aspect which can transitions to other areas of day to day life.

3. It can improve your writing, this doesn’t just apply to authors, but to everyone who has to write anything ever.

4. It can educate you on issues you may not have the best understanding of. Although this probably applies most to non-fiction books, well research issue-focused fiction novels will definitely teach you a think or two.

5. Reading can help you sleep, reading a book before bed has a good chance of making you sleepier and setting you up for a better night of sleep.

Top 5 Reasons Books are better than Movies!

1. As I mentioned above books give you the ability to imagine in your own way what’s going on, while people definitely can have different takes on a movie it’s a bit harder to ‘see’ it too much differently.

2. Books tell you what a character is thinking and feeling, it’s a lot harder to show this on movies.

3. Books are not as rushed, most movies have only a certain amount of time that they can tell a story, a book can add many more scenes and side stories. (This can be combated in a way by making it into a T.V show however).

4. There is no rush with books, you can read them at your own pace and generally take as long as you want, movies are a lot harder to stop and start.

5. You can take a book with you wherever, on the bus, down the beach, pretty much anywhere. While D.V.D’s are portable it’s a lot harder to take your T.V and what not down to the beach!

Why do you read, do you have any different reasons from above? Let me know!