Mini Hiatus

Hey everyone!!! So I’ll be taking a mini break this weekend and a most of next week. Basically I’m traveling Sunday, have a funeral on Monday, and will be staying with some family till I move on Thursday so I’ll have limited internet access. I’m hoping to have a new post on Friday because I’ll be doing a lot of reading (hopefully). If you all do want to see what I’m up to I’ll be using some 3G to do my social media but not uploading posts.

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The Visitant by Megan Chance

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I recieved this e-ARC for free for review from Lake Union Publishing through Netgalley. I was not paid and all opinions are my own.

Hello lovely readers!!!! Last night I finished this amazing novel and I have to say I am utterly obsessed with it!

Elena travels to Venice to take care of the epileptic Samuel after shaming her family. Her task is to make Samuel better by January so he can go off and marry a woman he has never met. This task isn’t so easy since Samuel seems to refuse any help and just wants to drink himself into oblivion. Samuel keeps seeing an “angel” and communicates in a language he claims to have no knowledge of. Things don’t get easier when Samuel’s best friend Nero arrives since there seems to be a rivalry between him and Samuel for Elena’s heart. The longer Nero is there the more the dark past surfaces and Elena begins to wonder if she can ever help Samuel in this house of darkness and ghosts.

This book is everything you would want in a Gothic Romance. You have a crumbling home in Venice, a “mad man,” a strong woman, love, desire, and of course MURDER. This book is suspenseful, beautiful, and really sexy. Ms. Chance has created two compelling male characters to fight for Elena. I love how it takes time for all of the secrets to come out. You get vague snippets in the beginning and as time passes you get deeper into the mystery and evil. This book is amazing and I have no negative things to say about it. When this book comes out I need to get a physical copy so I can see it in all it’s glory.

The book doesn’t come out until September 22 but it is 100% worth the wait and you should mark it on your calendars. You can buy this on Amazon for $7.83 in paperback and  $4.99 for Kindle.

Two King Arthur Reboots! What More Could A Girl Want?

Hello lovely readers! This week I have heard some amazing film news!!! Disney is doing a live action adaptation of The Sword In The Stone and photos have been released for Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur. I have been and always will be a die hard King Arthur fanatic. It started when I was little watching Quest For Camelot and went downhill from there. Since then I have read a crazy amount of King Arthur books and I just finished a course in Arthurian Legends so I’d say I’m a bit of an every man expert on the subject. 

  
Disney’s really seems to be on this animation to live action kick so we are being given edgier and modern ideas put in our beloved childhood classics. Disney clearly wants some kind of edge to this reboot since they’ve hired Bryan Cogman, one of the Game of Thrones writers, to do the script. I’m assuming we won’t be pushing too many boundaries since this is the young Arthur and one would assume it would be geared to younger audiences. At this point no casting has been listed or a release date. I would assume we wouldn’t have this film until 2017 so it won’t be competing directly with Ritchie’s in 2016.

  
On the other hand, we are getting an immensely gritty version of Arthur with Ritchie’s film. We have a street smart Arthur raised by five prostitutes that will take the throne. I think we need an Arthur with an edge and violence in this modern day and age. The idea of a rough and tumble and rather douchey Arthur isn’t new. Many of the old stories have Arthur being immensely arrogant and wants to fight everything. I have to agree with the casting of Charlie Hunnam for this dark Arthur. He seems to be able to play tough guys well since his success on Sons of Anarchy. I am pleased with some of the other casting which includes the lovely Katie McGrath as Elsa. I’m unsure as to who Elsa is but I’m hoping for a Morgan Le Fay type character. It’s great to see her returning to the Arthurian England since the end of Merlin. She has proved time and time again that she can play characters with hidden depths like in her character Lucy in NBC’s Dracula (ended too soon). We also have the rather odd inclusion of Jude Law as Vortigern. Vortigern is supposed to be this evil dictator and I can see that with Jude Law but not in a barbarian conqueror way. I’m interested in what he will bring to the plot. If all goes well we will have a series of films that I am hoping will follow each knight individually. Ritchie is worried about purist reactions but there really is no wrong way to do an Arthur origin since the legend is vast and has many “starting” points.

So do you agree with the casting of Charlie Hunnam as Arthur or would you rather have someone else? Who would you like to see in the Disney version?

The Two Most Important Books of Childhood

  
Hello lovely readers!! So we all have those books that influence us for the rest of our lives and I thought I would share with you mine. 

I’ve grown up in household where reading is encouraged. My mom used to read to me every night before I knew how to read and my dad would read me funny books and do voices. After my long struggle with learning how to read I figured out how much I loved it because of Matilda by Roald Dahl and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. 

I was in a bit of a reading slump when my mom got me Matilda, not for the lack of books but because my peers judged me on how much I read so I wanted to step away from it to get rid of the teasing. I guess when my mom saw the plot about a little girl who loved to read and then had magic powers to deal with her tormentors, it was a logical fit. I devoured the book and would reread it constantly, hoping I would gain magic powers (I got none). I connected with Matilda a lot especially when she said she had finished all the children’s books and needed to find something else to read. I think Matilda made me turn to books even more in times of need.

When I was a little older I found Inkheart. I mean what wasn’t to love about it for a budding reader? A father who encouraged his daughter to read and could bring characters alive and out of their stories just with his voice. I loved it! To this day I think it’s one of the most beautiful books. I love how the idea of stories continued after the last page. This book is a dream. I always and still do want a library like Aunt Elinor’s. This book is the life goals minus the fictional villains.

So what books influenced you?

Secret Life of A Book Blogger

Hello wonderful readers!!! I’ve been a bit neglectful of this blog recently. I’ve been going to various doctor’s appointments and I’m in the process of moving so things have been a bit hectic. I saw the lovely Erika in Bookventureland do this tag and gave those of us reading it a free for all. I thought this would be a fun way for you all to get to know me!

1.How long have you been a blogger?

I just started at the end of May!! I’m surprised I didn’t do this sooner but better late than never.

2.At what point do you think you will stop?

I don’t know!!! I hope never at this point!! But if I’m being realistic, I’ll stop when I feel like I no longer enjoy myself.

3.What is the best thing?

I love being able to share books that I love or don’t love with other people. It’s a great way to meet people as well because I have found the book blogging, bookstagram, and booktube community to be an amazing group.

4.What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

The worst thing has to be actually sitting down and writing. I’ll read all these amazing books and sometimes it’s hard to find time to share. I now try to write either at night or when I have a moment of peace and then post when I feel its right. Sometimes if I have a lot of time I’ll write two posts and just release one a day.

5.How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Not long at all! I usually have already taken the picture for my Instagram account or if it’s an e-book I find a picture on Google.

6.Who is your book crush?

Oh goodness I have so many. I guess at the moment it has to be Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Something about a Norwegian vampire really gets the blood pumping (I’m so funny).

7.What author would you like to have on your blog?

It’s such a wild dream of mine but I would love to have J. K. Rowling! She is such an inspiration to me and such a huge part of my childhood that I would love to talk with her and share it with all of you.

Anne Rice also would be amazing since she is a major influence on the modern Vampire Fiction.

8.What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Whatever I’m wearing in the moment. Sometimes it’s a dress, or shorts and a t shirt, or pajamas. Just depends on when the writing mood strikes me.

9.How long does it take you to prepare?

Not too long, I just kind of write. I’m a big word vomit person and I think just writing without planning gives a level of life to the post. It’s spontaneous and it’s my uncensored, initial feelings.

10.How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I adore this community. They welcomed me with open arms from day one when I started posting book pictures on Instagram. Everyone just seems so inspired and loved by one another. It’s a lovely family.

11.What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

I’m so new so I can’t give a definitive answer. Enjoy yourself and write about what you want. Those that like it will find you. Also keep your integrity. If you don’t like a book, even if you received it for free, say something. Or if you love a book but there is something inappropriate for certain audiences, say something. As someone who likes to read reviews I want to see an honest opinion.

I’m also not going to tag anyone in particular because I just want to get to know more of you in the community. If you do it, let me know because I am so excited to read it!

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist By Kay Marie

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I received this e-ARC from Kay Marie through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid to write this and all opinions are my own.

Skye Quinn seems to have it all. She’s 22 living in New York with her best friend Bridget and has just moved up from an intern as a book reviewer in the local paper to a full time columnist. However, these things seem to spell disaster for her. Her roommate failed to mention that her brother Ollie would be moving in for a while and Skye hasn’t talked to him in over four years after one awkward night and now she has to pretend nothing ever happened. Also that column she’s writing, it’s a sex column and the main problem with that is she’s never had sex. Her last serious boyfriend wanted to wait until marriage but was cheating on her. Apparently sex until marriage is only for those worthy of marriage. Now Skye has to juggle seeing Ollie all the time and finally getting a stable boyfriend for her to write about, too bad that guy happens to be a coworker’s brother. Ollie isn’t making this easy for Skye with his bright blue eyes and muscles and the way of knowing her so well. Could Ollie like her after all these years or is Skye still in dreamland?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK. This is so very Bridget Jones but for the modern college aged and recently graduated. Every awkward scene or discomfort Skye had made me say “That is so me.” I was dying laughing and just felt like this could be my life. I love characters that are exactly like me or not at all like me, Skye is very much me and her roommate is the latter. I can’t believe the level I was going to connect with Skye. Going into it I just thought it would be another cute, summer read but it is so much more than that. This book is for every girl that has no luck in love but is just starting out on their own. Kay Marie (Kaitlyn Davis going under a new name) did an amazing job making these characters well rounded and realistic. I’m just so smitten with this book and Ollie what?  I need to read the next book in the series ASAP.

If you want to read this you can get it for Kindle at $2.99 or in paperback for $13.99

Dead Until Dark By Charlaine Harris

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First off sorry if the picture traumatized you, I think I’m so clever.

So who is Sookie Stackhouse? A beautiful waitress at a bar in Lousiana with a disability. Her disability is she can read minds and nobody seems to be able to shut up. That is until the handsome vampire Bill Compton comes back into town. Sookie is immediately drawn to him since she can’t hear what he’s thinking and boy is it a relief. However her relief doesn’t last long when multiple women get murdered and her brother and Bill are the prime suspects. It’s up to Sookie and Bill to try to figure out who is killing these girls. However, all the vampires seem to find Sookie extremely attractive and her powers useful. Has Sookie gotten in way over her head with people she can’t read?

I loved this book! I can’t watch the TV show because Sookie’s southern accent hurts me. So I figured I’d read what started it all. I didn’t think this book would be so funny. Sookie is a charming narrator with some of the best lines. I just loved how Sookie is aware of the effect she has on men but isn’t stuck up. She seems to rather not be so attractive because of what she hears. I can see how this was picked up to be a TV series because an excellent script is already there. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.