Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved With Fewer Than 2,000 Ratings On Goodreads


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Books I LOVED with Fewer than 2,000 Ratings on Goodreads.  Here we go, in alphabetical order.  The titles are linked to the Goodreads page.


An Assassins Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker


Corpse & Crown by Alisa Kwitney




Sherlock Holmes: The Red Tower by Mark A. Latham




The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber


A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews


Have you read any of these books?  What underrated books do you think deserved more love?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Music Monday: Billie Eilish


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting some of my favorite Billie Eilish songs.  I don't know if I've mentioned how much I enjoy this talented young artist's music before, but here we go.  I'm including bury a friend, Bellyache, and you should see me in a crown.  The music video for bury a friend is the newest as it was released at the end of January and the song is probably my favorite of all three of them.  Plus, the video is practically its own mini horror movie and it totally works for the song.  What songs are you listening to today? 







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Friday, February 15, 2019

Slime Spewing Vampire Velociraptors by Kat de Falla - Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway


I'm very excited to welcome you all to my leg of the Slime Spewing Vampire Velociraptors blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!  Today, you'll find the details and summary for this novel, my review, an about the author, Kat de Falla, a giveaway, and the blog tour schedule.  Thanks for visiting my stop on this blog tour!


About the Book:
Title: SLIME SPEWING VAMPIRE VELOCIRAPTORS (Moto Maddie BMX Portal #2)
Author: Kat de Falla
Pub. Date: May 10, 2017
Publisher: Ravenswood Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 118
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD
When Pea opened a portal and the alien cat, Max Gigan, jumped through from another dimension, he certainly didn't expect the talking tomcat to stay on as a family pet. He soon learns it can come in handy to have a fur ball from an alternate universe around when his friend re-opens the portal letting in vampire velociraptors who want to slime and eat the whole city!

Pea’s dad is one of the first infected. But his dear old dad isn’t the only one. The dinosaurs escape the museum where the portal opened, and rampage through Milwaukee. As Pea's dad gets sicker, the BMX gang joins together with the feline army to corner the raptors and use them to develop an antidote. But Pea's meddling step-monster brothers threaten to ruin everything! A city wide alert goes out for the misidentified "turkeys" while Pea and his gang try to stay ahead of the hunt.

Can the kids capture the dinos and get them home before they control everyone with their vampire powers? Will Pea’s dad remain infected forever? Join Pea and his gang in their battle against the SLIME SPEWING VAMPIRE VELOCIRAPTORS.
My Review:

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Slime Spewing Vampire Velociraptors (Moto Maddie BMX Portal #2) is the action-packed, fun filled follow up to Flying Mutant Zombie Rats. I'm glad to be back in Pea's world, but don't feel left out if you haven't read book one in the series. Luckily for new readers, you won't feel out of the loop if you didn't start from the beginning of the series. Like with book one, book two is a fast-paced gem with real life science that really shines. If you're a middle school student, reluctant reader, or a kid at heart, I have a feeling you'll love Kat de Falla's Moto Maddie BMX Portal series.


About the Book:
Title: FLYING MUTANT ZOMBIE RATS (Moto Maddie BMX Portal #1)
Author: Kat de Falla
Pub. Date: December 2, 2018
Publisher: Kat de Falla
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 132
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

Summer vacation is almost here! And Pea O'Neil is stoked to try out the new local BMX track which is finally open. He and his gang of friends can ride all summer long!
But when Pea tries a back flip, he unwittingly opens a portal to another dimension and hordes of flying mutant zombie rats are unleashed upon the city. With the help of an otherworldly talking cat sent to help prevent the demise of humankind, Pea and his friends must hunt down the hungry mutants and send them back before the portal closes.

But when the zombie rats attack a neighbor man, the boys have to enlist the help of a graveyard looney and the city's stray cats. With time running out, Pea and his gang track the monsters to the city's sewer system. But in the city sewer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it’s eat…or get eaten.
About Kat:


Kat was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist. She is married to her soul mate, composer Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch. The Seer's Lover was Kat's first book and she is working feverishly on four different series at the moment!

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Kat is so much an extravert that she has come full circle and enjoys her alone time as much as her social adventures. Connect with Kat (who does indeed love cats!)

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Giveaway Details:

One lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
1/28/2019- Kelly P's Blog- Excerpt
1/29/2019- Lone Tree Reviews- Review
1/30/2019- Savings in Seconds- Review
1/31/2019- Character Madness and Musings- Spotlight
2/1/2019- Dazzled by Books- Excerpt

Week Two:
2/4/2019- FUONLYKNEW- Review
2/5/2019- BookHounds YA- Interview
2/6/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland- Review
2/7/2019- Owl Always Be Reading- Excerpt
2/8/2019- The Pages In-Between- Review

Week Three:
2/11/2019-Wonder Struck- Review
2/12/2019- Novel Novice- Excerpt
2/13/2019- Book-Keeping- Review
2/14/2019- Twirling Book Princess- Excerpt
2/15/2019- Always Me- Review

Week Four:
2/18/2019- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt
2/19/2019- Good Choice Reading- Spotlight
2/20/2019- Parajunkee- Excerpt
2/21/2019- Jaime's World- Excerpt
2/22/2019- CoffeeCocktailsandBooks Blog- Review

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Yesternight by Cat Winters + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


Happy Friday everyone! This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, Yesternight by Cat Winters.  This novel will fulfill the fable author square on my Winter Bookish Bingo board.  Cat Winters is one of my favorite historical fantasy writers and I'm glad to be reading more from her.

Beginning:

November 11, 1925

I disembarked a train at the little log depot at Gordon Bay, Oregon, and a sudden force - a charging bull - slammed me to the ground.

56:

Jamie squeezed her lips together and refused to answer.

50/50 Friday: Character You'd Most/ Least Want To Be With In A Zombie Apocalypse


Most - Dean Winchester - I think I would have the best chance of survival with a Winchester brother in my corner.


Least - Adam Milligan - I just thought I'd stick with a Supernatural theme here as well - let's just say I'd have pretty much zero chance with Adam.  Poor Adam.

What are you reading this weekend?  Have you read this book?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps commenting down below!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Platonic Friendships


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Favorite Couples In Books, but I'm doing something a bit different this time since it seems like I just did a similar topic.  Anyway, I'm featuring some of my Favorite Platonic Friendships this time around.  Here we go, in no particular order:


Jess and Khalila - The Great Library series by Rachel Caine


Blue and Ronan - The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


Harry and Hermione - Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


Cinder and Thorne - The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer


Jackaby and Abigail - Jackaby by William Ritter


Liesel and Rudy - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Isabelle and Jean-Claude - An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock


Kizzy and Jenks - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


Robin and Strike - Cormoran Stirke by Robert Galbraith


Todd and Viola - Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness


What are some of your favorite platonic friendships?  Are you fans of any of the characters that made my list this week?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Music Monday: A Simple Favor (2018)


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting my favorite songs from A Simple Favor (2018).  I didn't really expect to enjoy this movie quite so much, but it was pretty fantastic. Anyway, if you're interested in seeing a twisty, brightly colored neo-noir crime comedy with a brilliant soundtrack, I have a feeling that you love this as well. Think Gone Girl meets Mean Girls. I'm sharing some of my favorite French songs that appeared in the movie - Poisson Rouge by Saint Privat, Laisse Tomber Les Filles by France Gall, Les Cactus by Jacques Dutronc, Les Passants by ZAZ, Comment Te Dire Adieu by Françoise Hardy, and Ca S'Est Arrange by Jean Paul Keller.













Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Funday: ARC Mini Reviews - Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok & Corpse & Crown (Cadaver & Queen #2) by Alisa Kwitney


Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I'm sharing two ARC mini reviews with you: Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok (available February 12th, 2019) and Corpse & Crown (Cadaver & Queen #2) by Alisa Kwitney (available February 12th, 2019).  Both ARCs were provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.  Read on to see my thoughts on these two stories.



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Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok is a pretty fantastic debut YA historical fantasy mystery set in fin de siècle Paris. I enjoyed all of the historical detail that's gone into the story, like the construction of the Eiffel Tower for example. I also particularly enjoyed getting to know Nathalie. She's a great protagonist. Her curiosity (things get a bit morbid, fair warning), determination, and dedication are quite refreshing. All that said I was also hooked on working out the mystery surrounding the fantastic abilities Nathalie has discovered she has while working on her morgue report for the newspaper and a Jack the Ripper-esqe killer behind a recent string of murders in the city. Plus, I just have to mention that I appreciated the female friendships and the scenes between Nathalie and her mother. Honestly, this was almost a five star read for me, but sometimes the pacing drags and that ending was a bit cruel. Fingers crossed that Zdrok's upcoming release, Exposition, is going to be a sequel because I need to know more. I highly recommend Spectacle to fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and Penny Dreadful.

I read this ARC from February 7 - 10, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Corpse & Crown by Alisa Kwitney is an excellent companion novel to Cadaver & Queen. The first book in the series was such a pleasant surprise that I was so excited to be approved for book two. Luckily for me, this companion was just as good. You could read this without being familiar with book one, but you won't be sorry if you take the time to read it before diving into this novel. I loved seeing how a retelling of Oliver Twist would fit into Kwitney's initial alternate history world of a Frankenstein-retelling featuring Bio-mechanicals (aka reanimated corpses who perform menial tasks and follow orders). This installment primarily follows a different set of lead characters, including Agatha who was Lizzie's nursing student roommate in book one. We get to know quite a bit more about her this time around. She's brilliant in her own right and refreshingly caring. Her character arc is incredible over the course of the story here. Without giving too much away, the Artful Dodger is probably my favorite male character of the series - he has a lot of great moments. Finally, I'm glad we got to see more of Queen Victoria since she's so delightfully impish. Since I've been hooked on Victoria I totally imagined her as an older Jenna Coleman. Overall, if you're a fan of alternate historical fantasy, steampunk, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer, I have a feeling you'll enjoy Corpse & Crown by Alisa Kwitney. I'm looking forward to from the author in the future, especially more set in the world of Cadaver & Queen.


I read this ARC on February 10, 2019 and my review is also on Goodreads.


What have you been reading this weekend?  Have you read or are you planning to read these two novels?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!