Book Review | The Ghost Machine by Kristen Brand

The Ghost Machine: A Gothic Steampunk NovelTitle: The Ghost Machine: A Gothic Steampunk Novel

Author: Kristen Brand

Format: e-book (.mobi)

Pages: 260

Publication Date: December 30th, 2016

Synopsis:

Ella Rosenfeld is a lunatic. Locked away in the remote Auttenberg Asylum, she undergoes torturous treatment to cure her hallucinations. Yet the longer she remains within Auttenberg’s austere halls, the more gruesome her visions become, until Ella is sure she’s seeing ghosts, and Auttenberg’s doctor knows it. He doesn’t plan to cure her; he wants to study her ability by dissecting her.

Ella refuses to accept her fate. She assaults her captors, scales the asylum fence, and finds sanctuary in the castle of Baron Viktor Szarka. Young and arrogant, the baron offers her protection, but he’s rumored to have locked a woman in the asylum to hide his dark past, and he has suspicious dealings with Auttenberg’s doctor. Unable to trust him, Ella must uncover the conspiracy surrounding the asylum, her visions, and the baron’s secret…or join the rest of Auttenberg’s ghosts. Continue reading “Book Review | The Ghost Machine by Kristen Brand”

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Book Review | If I Tell You by Alicia Tuckerman

If I Tell You

Title: If I Tell You

Author: Alicia Tuckerman

Format: e-book (.acsm Review Copy)

Publisher: Pantera Press

Release Date: February 21st, 2018

Genre: YA/LGBTQIA/Contemporary/Romance

Synopsis:

What if the secret is more damaging than the lie?

I never planned on falling in love in Two Creeks, but since when has life ever followed a plan?

The day I fell for Phoenix Stone, there was no warning. She shattered the world I knew.

This is a story about being seventeen and growing up in rural Australia. Falling in love for the first time, following your dreams and disappointing your parents. Being brave enough to live your life, even when life is terrifying.

In fear there is bravery – you can either cling to the edge or have the courage to jump. But what do you do when you’re left spiraling through the freefall?

Be proud. Be seen. Live life fearlessly. Continue reading “Book Review | If I Tell You by Alicia Tuckerman”

Book Review | What Lies Below by Barbara Taylor Sissel

What Lies Below
Title: What Lies Below
Author: Barbara Taylor Sissel
Format: e-book (.mobi)
Pages: 329
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Synopsis: Everyone has nightmares. One woman is living hers…

Gilly O’Connell’s nightmares aren’t just bad dreams; they’re glimpses of terrifying realities to come. Gilly has spent her entire life trying to suppress the foreboding visions. So when a dismissed premonition leads to her husband’s murder, she buries the guilt and pain of the unsolved crime in the only way she knows how—she runs from it.

Three years later, after overcoming a battle with addiction and starting over in a small Texas town, Gilly dares to believe the worst is over. That is, until another crime rips her heart open: the abduction of a three-year-old girl. Gilly knows more about it than anyone…

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Book Haul | May 2018 TBR

A week already has passed in May! Days passed on such a blur. Anyway here is my TBR for the month of May 2018. Hoping I get to follow it all the way.

I had to re-do this TBR Pile because of Natalie.😂😂 I saw her post about ACOTAR and I thought it was time for me to read them. [Go see here.]

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

I had this trilogy on my shelf for years now. And I kept seeing mixed reactions and reviews about the series. It really piqued my curiosity, now, more than ever. I think it is time to throw at least the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses in the pile. Let’s see how it goes. I may throw in A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin, who knows?

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Book Review| Love at the Edge of Seventeen

Love at the Edge of Seventeen

Title: Love at the Edge of Seventeen

Author: Cara McKinnon, M.T. DeSantis, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, Mary Rogers, Kylie Weisenborn

Genre: YA/Romance/Anthologies

Format: E-book (.mobi)

Publication Date:

May 1st, 2018

 

Description:

It’s never easy to go through the fraught transition into adulthood, but the teens in this anthology have more to deal with than most: superpowers, magic, illness, prejudice against sexual orientation and gender identity, and even death. Fortunately, they all find love at the edge of seventeen.

Featuring stories by M.T. DeSantis, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, Cara McKinnon, Mary Rogers, and Kylie Weisenborn.

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Blog Tour | Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth + Review

Welcome to the 4th Day of Secondhand Origin Stories Blog Tour! Book Blog Tour hosted by That Bookshelf Bitch.

Also, I just want to say that this is my very first time to participate in a blog tour, it was an amazing experience, thanks to my fellow bloggers and most especially to Shealea and the author, Lee Blauersouth. Thank you! Continue reading “Blog Tour | Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth + Review”

Book Tag | Disney Song

Salutations,

I saw The Bibliophile Empress’s book tag and I can’t let this opportunity pass too. I have to do it.

A whole new world – Pick a book that made you see the world differently.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz this book is thought-provokingly philosophical and yet honestly beautiful. This made me see the world differently.

Cruella De Vil – Pick your favorite villain.

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Book Tag | Book Blogger Insider

Hey,

Since I have joined the community I always enjoyed doing tags. And here I am with yet another one. And I want to thank the lovely Tiffany from Read by Tiffany for tagging me.

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Rules:

  • Answer the following questions below.
  • Credit the creator of the tag Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
  • Tag at least 5 people
  • Have fun!

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WHERE DO YOU TYPICALLY CREATE YOUR BLOG POSTS?

Typically in my bed, I feel more comfortable having a laptop in my lap and a wireless mouse nearby. Other times wherever, I could be outside our house typing too near our dog instead of a mouse… haha Continue reading “Book Tag | Book Blogger Insider”

Book Review | Urban Heroes by T.J. Lockwood

Urban HeroesTitle: Urban Heroes

Author: T.J. Lockwood

Genre: New Adult/Fantasy/Science-Fiction

Format:

e-book (Kindle Edition)

Publication Date:

June 14th, 2018

Publisher

Mecha Panda Publishing

Synopsis:

REVOLUTIONS HAVE ALWAYS QUESTIONED WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN, BUT THIS ONE IS ASKING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MACHINE.

The creation of the twelve skyward cities did more for mankind than the renaissance of old. With them came a new species created to serve the ideals of the future. To Calista Ridley, an android is an android, just like heroes are little more than fairy tales. She knows the world is far from perfect, and that human nature is not something to be proud of. But she also sees the storm forming on the horizon. As a pilot of Voltza, her past decisions are set to shape the future in a way no one could have predicted. The lines between man and machine are blurring at a rapid pace. Innovation never comes without a price.

Review:

(Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. In no way, my opinion reflects the author’s work, the publisher or any groups of people. I did not receive any monetary compensation for doing this review.)

At first, I was skeptical if I should read Urban Heroes, I thought it was the second book in a series. It was but not really. What I meant is, it is part of a series that could be read not in a chronological order. It was set in the same bookish-universe this happens at the same time the first author’s work, Violent Skies is happening too and the upcoming book, Gunmetal Greys. For further information see here.

Urban Heroes was a quick gripping novel!

The pacing was amazing. I had no trouble connecting with Calista. Connected right away, just from a brief exposure from her was enough. Invested enough to go through till the end.

Calista is such an independent being, headstrong, strict, and a great pilot. I like her. Displayed in the book, independence could her biggest flaw. As pointed out by her friend, Bree, no one is an army. She had done everything on her own, there are people around her that will help her. And yet she would not let them. She felt real, I can feel her struggle, where all of it is coming from. The stakes were so much for her to lose and all. Which kept me glued for some time. I wanted to know if her character develops, which I now find intriguing of a way to be put in resolution.

World building, what had happened between humans and the androids. The depiction of the world, they are in now, the aftermath of all that has happened was good. There was fair news on different sides of the world about what resulted in or what not, there and that. I find it a bit hard to put down. I mean ANDROIDS, SHIPS, GAUNLET WEAPON, AHHHHH! It was not a chore to read. Speaking of weapon, the action sequence was good. There was some scene that was a bit graphic, heads-up.

Would I recommend it? Yes.

“There are some stories which shouldn’t be told. They’re the ones that will crush you harder than an anvil falling from the sky. Sometimes heroes aren’t heroes at all, and as we grow older we have no choice but to acccept that. In many ways, Im looking at a child, and I’m about to break his heart. I am no legend.”

Rating:

four

You can go pre-order your copy here.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I have no idea what I am getting into. This is my first time I got to be tagged at something like this nominated? tagged? I am not sure. And I thank Jenna, from Bookmark Your Thoughts for it. I feel great being tagged for this. I am fairly new to the blogging community. I made this last October 2017 and was in for a long slump. I recently just returned March 2018. Back but still is fairly struggling. But the community has been so welcoming and inspiring, you all are the best. Your words of encouragements are ever so inspiring.

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