Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Ties That Tether; Jane Igharo

Title: Ties That Tether
Author: Jane Igharo
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group

When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.

At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture even after emigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping--forcing--her to stay well within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and white.

When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her growing feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother who will never accept a relationship that threatens to dilute Azere's Nigerian heritage.

Azere can't help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter.

*A Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. This is my honest and unbiased review*

Review

Hello Fellow Readers,

I really loved this book and fell in love with the characters. Azere was just so realistic and amazing, I knew from the very first chapter that I would just love her and I was right. While she was such a strong character, she had her insecurities and vulnerabilities. Rafael was great too, and it was nice to read his point of view and meet his family, but I was just more more invested in Azere's chapters.

Igharo has a way of writing so well that you can really feel the emotions and tension leap from the page. My emotions, when reading this, were all over the place but in a good way. I gotta admit that when I was nearing the end, I really didn't want it to be over. I wanted to continue Azere and Rafael's story, but I was really grateful for the epilogue that ended and wrapped up the story beautifully.

 I gotta say that being a biracial child, the tension of two different cultures trying to come together was captured so well and you could really feel the way Azere was being torn in two separate directions. This story really had me on the edge of my seat and I could do nothing but continue reading because I had to see how it ends.

Overall, this was such a great book and I wish it didn't have to end.

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thursday TBR Cleanup #2



Hello Fellow Readers,

Welcome to my Thursday TBR cleanup where I pick 5 books from my Goodreads want to read list and decide whether to keep it or take it off. 

Last week I kept 2/5 books:

- Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Stories of Horror
- These Women by Ivy Pochoda

Now let's see the five that get judged today

1. The Princess of Aenya by Nick Alimonos - Gone

Once, not long ago, there lived a king in the land of Tyrnael, who had but one daughter. This daughter he loved with his whole heart, but upon her eleventh year she fell ill, her cheeks paling like the petals of a dying ilm. Never leaving her bedside, the king called for every physician in his kingdom, but all were at a loss, for her ailment was unlike any they had seen. With enduring hope, the king sent emissaries to lands near and abroad, and learned men did arrive from as far south as the One Sea and from as far east as Shemselinihar, yet all were utterly mystified by her sickness. Beset by grief and desperation, the king offered all that he had, his very kingdom in recompense, to save his little girl from doom. 

And it so happened, that upon this decree, a wizened sage appeared at the gates of the Compass Tower. Examining the girl with care, he declared with confidence that he could make the girl whole again, brewing an elixir so that she might drink of it and become well. And shortly thereafter, the rosy hue returned to the little girl’s cheeks. Overjoyed, the king asked what the stranger wished from him in return, reminding him of his vow. 

“So long as you know,” the sage said to him, “I can stay the hand of the Taker, but only for a time. At the close of three days, before the moon eclipses on the third night, if she does not drink of my elixir, Death shall surely claim her.” 

Hearing this dreadful prophecy, the king turned ashen, but the sage comforted him, saying, “Be not dismayed, for it is not beyond my power to procure this remedy, enough to keep your daughter in good stead for her remaining days. Yet it is not without its price.” 

The king readily agreed, preparing to surrender his great wealth, his kingdom if need be, but the sage asked for one small thing, and one thing only, in return for his ministrations, that the king take as his own a young boy to be adopted. The sage’s own son.

Since she was a child, Radia has known the pain of every living thing as intimately as her own. Now that power may cost her her life.

When her step-brother seizes the throne of fabled Tyrnael, Radia is forced to flee from her only home. Betrayed by those most trusted to protect her, she finds unexpected loyalty in Demacharon, a war-torn soldier from a distant land. As Radia and Demacharon venture beyond the Crown of Aenya Mountains to the outside world, she is torn by a longing to return, acutely aware of the fear gripping her people, and of her sadistic step-brother’s cruel machinations.

2.  The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction by Neil Gaiman - Keep


An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James

 

3.  The Roommate by Rosie Danan - Keep

House Rules:
Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online


The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet...

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.

 

 4. Seafire by Natalie C. Parker - Gone


After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

 

5.  In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren - Gone

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

 

What would you have kept?

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Sweet Tea and Spirits; Angie Fox

 

Title: Sweet Tea and Spirits
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #5
Author: Angie Fox
Genre: Cozy Mystery; Paranormal
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Moose Island Books

Southern girl Verity Long is about as high society as her pet skunk. Which is why she’s surprised as anyone when the new head of the Sugarland social set invites her to join the "it" girls. But this is no social call. Verity’s new client needs her to go in undercover and investigate strange happenings at the group’s historic headquarters.

But while spirits are whispering hints of murder, the socialites are more focused on Verity’s 1978, avocado-green Cadillac. And when Verity stumbles upon a fresh body, she's going to need the long-dead citizens of Sugarland to help her solve the crime. Good thing she has the handsome deputy sheriff Ellis Wydell on hand, as well as her ghostly sidekick Frankie. The bad thing is, the ghosts are now whispering about the end of a certain ghost hunter.


Rating


Hello Fellow Reader,

So I don't know why I've never thought this before or maybe this book just highlighted it more but Verity is a very, very, very bad investigator. She's just so trusting and naive, Come on Verity you're investigating a murder, you need to be a little suspicious! Also, I didn't like Verity as much as I usually do, typically I love her but she was being a little rude to Frankie. She wants his power but is very judgemental and mean towards him sometimes. I do like that she was called out for it at the end.

I really liked the story in this one despite not enjoying Verity as much. I knew who did it, but I don't read these for the mystery aspect of the book, I enjoy them because they are quick, entertaining and easy reads. Ellis, of course, was amazing and supportive, we also meet some new characters who I hope we see more of and there were actually some moments that I liked Virginia. I know that last one is a bit of a shocker. 

Overall, I can't wait to see where Fox takes this series and if Verity wises up to become a strong investigator.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Beyond the Veil; Jeannie Wycherly

Title: Beyond the Veil
Author: Jeannie Wycherly
Genre: Horror; Mystery
Publication Date: July 12, 2018
Publisher: Bark at the Moon Books

Don't open the door.

Don't look inside.

Some doors are best left closed.

Detective Adam Chapple had always assumed that death was final.

However, after his ex-wife is killed, the boundaries between life and death, fantasy and reality, and truth and lies begin to dissolve, when the main suspect in the murder insists she’s actually his star witness.

Why? Because she met the killer once before.

When they were dead.

As part of his investigation, Adam seeks out the help of self-proclaimed witch, Cassia Veysie who insists she can communicate with the dead. However, the situation rapidly deteriorates when a bungled séance rips open a gateway to a sinister world beyond the veil, and unquiet spirits are unleashed into the world.

Can Cassia and Adam find a way to shore up the breach in the veil and keep the demons at bay?

With time running out and a murderer on the loose, the nightmare is only just beginning … 

*A Thank you to Booksirens for allowing me to read this book. This is my honest and unbiased review* 

 

Rating


Hello Fellow Readers,

So, I just could not get into this book. I have no idea why since the premise is very interesting, and the mystery was actually pretty good. I almost DNF'd it at 26% but something made me push through, and that had to count for something right? I do feel like the pacing of the book was just a little slow and I understand that it was done to build tension and suspense, but I felt it never really picked up for me like I would have liked. 

Also, I just couldn't connect to any of the characters. Adam and Cassia was okay but not enough for me to establish a connection with them. Wycherly does write well, but there was just something that was missing for me, and unfortunately I just can not pin point what it is. The book has a really good rating on goodreads, so I think I may sometime in the future reread when my mindset is different. 

Overall, not a book for me right now but I will try to read it again at a later date.


 

 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Music Monday

 


Hello Fellow Music Listeners,

 It's Monday, which means Music!  What have you all been listening to lately? I've been listening to the classics just because it's been that type of week. Last week was a bit crazy so I was not able to post. I didn't even post to Instagram which I've been doing a lot of but I am back this week so let get back to our regularly scheduled broadcasting.


Monday, September 14, 2020

Music Monday


Hello Fellow Music Listeners,

Before I share with you all Music Monday I have some changes that I will be making. The First is that Reviews will now be posted on Tuesday, and continue to be posted Wednesday and Friday as well. Second is that Music Monday will be a regular thing, with 1 song being shared on Monday's and I want to also do a Lyric Breakdown but that is still up in the air. Thirdly, I'm also going to be making Thursday TBR Cleanup a weekly thing as well. So, this means that hopefully I will be blogging 5 days a week. I don't think I'll be posting on the weekend but we will see, those days are still up in the air.

Anyway enjoy the song.


Friday, September 11, 2020

The Genesis Game; Andrew O'Kelley

 

Title: The Genesis Game: Volume 1 (Audiobook)
Series: World Apocalypse Dungeon Calamity #1
Author: Andrew O'Kelley
Narrator: Curt Bonnem
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: June 03, 2020
Publisher: Spectrum Audio


The end of the era of humanity was marked by the appearance of the World Dungeon and the system of power it provided. No one gained more power than the tyrant known as the Black Seraph, the Angel of Genocide. Surviving at the expense of the rest of humanity, Seraph was able to complete the World Dungeon upon reaching the Altar of the End. A hollow victory, as he was cursed by the spirit of the dungeon for ruthlessly focusing on his empowerment.

His power was sealed away, deep within the dungeon; Seraph was cast into the past, reincarnated into the body of his child-like self. Forbidden from hoarding power for himself and charged with the mission of ensuring the survival of humanity. But people do not change overnight, and Seraph must find a new path forward and learn there's more to power than being a tyrant if humanity is to survive the Genesis Game

*A Thank you go Netgalley for allowing me to listen to this book. Here is my honest and unbiased review*

Rating

Hello Fellow Listeners,

While I am not much of an audiobook listener, I do partake especially when I take baths or relaxing or when an Audiobook is just too good to pass up. The Genesis Game ticked all the boxes of a great audiobook, the Narrator did different voices, great audio cues (music) throughout the book that built ambiance, and it felt like a professional production not just a person reading a book.


The main character, Seraph, was unique and interesting. He was a bit edgy but it fit with the whole anti-hero theme. It was a very nice change of pace, with Seraph evolving as the story progresses but at the core still remaining himself. O'Kelley's world was pretty unique and flushed out for the amount of time that the audiobook was. As a whole, I was surprised with how everything came together and worked. I do wish it was longer, and it did make me happy to learn that there was a sequel in which I will definitely listen to and read.

Overall, A great series that I cannot wait to continue.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Currently Reading September


 Hello Fellow Readers,

It's been awhile since I've done one of these so lets take a look what I am currently reading!

 

Title: Ties That Tether
Author: Jane Igharo

When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.

At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture even after emigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping--forcing--her to stay well within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and white.

When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her growing feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother who will never accept a relationship that threatens to dilute Azere's Nigerian heritage.

Azere can't help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter.

 

Title: Beyond the Veil
Author: Jeannie Wycherly


Don't open the door.
Don't look inside.

Some doors are best left closed.

Detective Adam Chapple had always assumed that death was final.

However, after his ex-wife is killed, the boundaries between life and death, fantasy and reality, and truth and lies begin to dissolve, when the main suspect in the murder insists she’s actually his star witness.

Why? Because she met the killer once before.
When they were dead.

As part of his investigation, Adam seeks out the help of self-proclaimed witch, Cassia Veysie who insists she can communicate with the dead. However, the situation rapidly deteriorates when a bungled séance rips open a gateway to a sinister world beyond the veil, and unquiet spirits are unleashed into the world.

Can Cassia and Adam find a way to shore up the breach in the veil and keep the demons at bay?

With time running out and a murderer on the loose, the nightmare is only just beginning …

 

Title: Sweet Tea and Spirits
Author: Angie Fox

Southern girl Verity Long is about as high society as her pet skunk. Which is why she’s surprised as anyone when the new head of the Sugarland social set invites her to join the "it" girls. But this is no social call. Verity’s new client needs her to go in undercover and investigate strange happenings at the group’s historic headquarters.

But while spirits are whispering hints of murder, the socialites are more focused on Verity’s 1978, avocado-green Cadillac. And when Verity stumbles upon a fresh body, she's going to need the long-dead citizens of Sugarland to help her solve the crime. Good thing she has the handsome deputy sheriff Ellis Wydell on hand, as well as her ghostly sidekick Frankie. The bad thing is, the ghosts are now whispering about the end of a certain ghost hunter.

 

Title: How to Break an Evil Curse
Author: Laura Morrison

Princess Julianna may be cursed to dwell in darkness, but she’s no damsel in distress.

How to Break an Evil Curse is the first book in a fantasy series about a princess who may be cursed to live in darkness, but refuses to let her curse define her life.

The King of the Land of Fritillary has incurred the wrath of his ex-bestie, the evil wizard Farland Phelps. Farland curses the King's firstborn to die if touched by sunlight, and just like that, Julianna must spend her life in the depths of a castle dungeon (emptied of prisoners and redecorated in the latest fashion, of course). A young woman of infinite resourcefulness, all she needs is a serving spoon, a loose rock in the wall, and eight years of digging, and Julianna is free to explore the city—just not while the sun is out!

Warren Kensington is a member of a seafaring traveling theater troupe and the unwitting magical cure to the curse. When the pirate ship he's sailing on is damaged in stormy seas, he goes ashore and bumps into Julianna on the streets of the capitol. The pair accidentally set in motion a chain of events that uncovers Farland's plans to take over the throne. Julianna, Warren, and some friends they meet along the way are the only ones who can save the monarchy.

But the farther they go along their increasingly ludicrous journey, and the more citizens they meet, the more Julianna wonders whether her dad's throne is worth saving. From an evil and greedy wizard? Well, sure. But from the people of Fritillary who are trying to spark a revolution? The people suffering in poverty, malnutrition, and other forms of medieval-esque peasant hardship? It doesn't take Julianna long to find that the real world is far more complicated than a black-and-white fairytale.

 

What are you currently read?


 


 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Archons Rise; Brian Sieteski

 

Title: The Archons Rise
Series: Humanity's Gauntlet #1
Author: Brian A. Sieteski
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: June 16th, 2020

Humanity is under siege, simultaneous attacks of unknown origin against government leaders around the world have shaken society to its core. Foundations such as democracy, rule of law, and long-held alliances will be tested in this stark new reality. This story follows America on its path to take on this never-before-seen global calamity. Beginning with deciding how to rapidly address the vacuum of power to be ready to take action and also bring the culprits responsible for the heinous attacks to justice. The task may be insurmountable as the responsible party possesses unheard of technology, implying the events are otherworldly.

 

 

 *A Thank you to the Author for allowing me to read this. This is my honest and unbiased review*

Rating

Hello Fellow Readers. 

This book reads very much like a political mystery/thriller, building up while dropping little sprinkles of science fiction as clues. It isn't until the end do we really see the science fiction come out and play. The plot is a very ambitious one, but something tells me that Sieteski is up to the challenge and I can't wait to see what he has to deliever. Like most first books in the Sci-Fi genre, there is a bit of set up, so the first couple of chapters were a little hard to read because of all the information thrown at you. The information is much needed and the story does, however, pick up very quickly after that. 

I did have some trouble keeping track of all the characters that are introduced so the small glossary at the end really helped out, but in future books I do hope they keep characters to a minimum. I really enjoyed the main character Dante, and I loved his dog, Aristotle (whom I hope we eventually will see more of and NOTHING BETTER HAPPEN TO HIM!). Hopefully, Dante stays the main character in all the books since he's just so likable, realistic, and level-headed. I can't see myself rooting for anyone else as much as I do Dante and Aristotle. 

Overall, a good start to a series that I can't wait to see what happens.

 

 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Mercadia Calling; Shaka Bry

 

Title: Mercadia Calling
Author: Shaka Bry
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Young Adult
Publication Date: September 22, 2020


Mermaids and merliens have existed deep in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean for hundreds of years. Jonah, the first human to dive headfirst into their underwater realm, is about to discover a fantasy of epic proportions.On a sweltering August day at the Jersey Shore, from his lifeguard chair, Jonah spots an old man drowning. After a dramatic rescue and resuscitation, the seventeen-year-old hero begins an incredible journey to an enchanting city beneath the waves.Mezzy, a mermaid from another world, longs for adventure in or out of the high seas. Rebellious in nature, she is drawn to land… and to Jonah. Between the two of them, they might just open a magical portal so the courageous mermaid can return home. But what awaits her on the other side?Merlien emotions and ocean tides are rising, multiple worlds are colliding, and Mercadia is calling…

 

*A Thank you to the author for allowing me to read this, this is my honest and unbiased review* 

Rating


Hello Fellow Readers,

So I don't read a lot of books with Mermaids in them, I am not sure why since I don't mind Mermaids, so when I got the chance to read this I was excited. Mercadia Calling is a very unique take on Mermaids, while yes there is an underwater city we get to see the very real feeling politics in which you don't see in other books like this. These politics were very interesting to me, and while this is a Urban fantasy it almost felt like a thriller at some points. 

I also really liked Jonah and Mezzy, they were so likable and I really liked them separately as well as together. I also really liked the queen, She was a very strong female presence that you knew cared about her people. The one drawback I had was sometimes the story was a bit hard to follow, so I had to reread some chapters at times to make sure I didn't miss anything, which is why it took me a bit longer to read than I would have liked, it was also hard to keep track of the characters because there were so many of them. This is most likely due to it being a first book, so it needed to set up for later books. I really liked the ending which set up for the next book really well.

Overall, a good first book, with an intriguing set up to the next book.