Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath @jasonporath @deystreet @BookSoup

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Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by [Porath, Jason]

I have been eagerly awaiting this book.  The author has a website where he shares amazing stories of women from all time and around the world.  Each story is beautifully illustrated and showcases a woman that made a difference in the world.  He’s on just about every social media outlet and you can check his website out here: http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/

If you like what you see, I encourage you to pre-order your own copy!  It comes out October 25th, 2016!

 

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Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg @CNHolmberg #47North

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Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet surprised me.

I expected a mere fairy tale about a girl that could infuse her baked goods with emotions for those that eat them. Instead I found a deeply complex story that wasn’t afraid to go dark in order to get to the light.

Maire doesn’t remember who she is but has made herself a new life in a small village with new friends. When their village is attacked, she sees many die brutally and is among many sold as slaves.

While Maire tries to come to grips with her new cruel reality, she is occasionally visited by someone ephemeral and familiar in some way. He helps guide her gently through her returning memories so that she will be strong enough to understand the whole picture.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet book pulled me in, turned me inside out, broke me, and healed me along with Maire.

Thank you Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch @blakecrouch1 @CrownPublishing

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter was intriguing and suspenseful from the get-go. Like many other reviewers, I struggle with what can be said and not be too spoilery.

Jason is a brilliant scientist for whom life got in the way of his career ambitions. One night, he goes quickly from an idyllic family moment into a seemingly never-ending nightmare. Along the way he learns more about himself than he ever wanted to.

It’s a book about possibilities, what-ifs, survival, science, love, and ethics.

I’ve been thinking about the themes raised by this book long after I finished the last page.

Thank you Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

F*ck That An Honest Meditation By Jason Headley @jason_headley @BlogForBooks

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F*ck That by Jason Headley

Everyone needs this book.

Typical meditation isn’t for everyone.
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Maybe I’m late in life to the truly appreciate the satisfaction that a well-placed expletive can have on your life, but I’ve arrived. And is it ever liberating.

love to swear
sheen

There are serene images of nature along with your typical guided meditation….along with some choice obscenities.

“If you find your mind wandering to other thoughts, don’t let it concern you. Just acknowledge that all that shit is fucking bullshit.”

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When the kids go to bed, hubby and I have a good time kicking back and venting about our day. And do we ever let the sentence enhancers fly! It cracks us up, helps us bond, and we can let go of our shitty day and focus on each other.

fucking shine

This book is great for those that internalize and hold on to anger. They fucking need to let it out or they are going to kill themselves. Literally. As a nurse, I know how many awful health effects that stress and anger can have on you. It ain’t pretty. They also might snap and take it out on others.

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Studies about swearing are showing some amazing things: It helps you feel less pain,

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helps you feel more empowered, helps you cope, prevents violence, and as we all know, it’s fucking hilarious.
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If you can let it out and let it go, go for it. Be fucking creative. Spin those expletives into images you won’t soon forget!
lots of swearing
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Fans of author Jason Headley asked for more. He now has a 2 minute youtube video featuring a lot of what is in this book. Youtube F*ck That: An Honest Meditation

He also created a well-worth-the-money app that has four curse-laden meditations in his soothing dulcet tones.

fucking awesome
inhale good shit exhale bullshit

Pull aside your co-worker/friend/family member when they are the fucking pissed off. Tell them you have an amazing mediation to help them calm down. Share the book, Youtube video, or app. They each start off so innocently. Hubby and I have done this and it’s hilarious watching others experience Jason Headly leading them to fucking zen.

namaste bitches

Thank you Blogging for Books for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Scam by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg @janetevanovich @LeeGoldberg

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The Scam by Janet Evanovich

This series is just so fun! Capers, cons, and heists always pique my interest, and this book was no exception.

I have always pictured Nick Fox as Cary Elwes’ con artist character Despereaux on Psych.

He has the smirk,

the same suave con man attitude,

the unflappable calm in any situation,

and always pulls it off and gets away.

In this installment, Kate O’Hare of the FBI and Cary Nick decide to take down an evil Casino owner who gets off on violence and power. Think mallets and piranhas.

They soon assemble a team, include more baddies into the con, and go to work. I love Kate’s retired military dad…he needs more page time. He often saves the day on the cons as well as with his daughter’s love life.

Thank you Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge @FrancesHardinge @bookbrag

The Lie Tree

The Lie Tree was a well written book. The story is somewhat slow to unfold, but the mysteries kept me engaged. This is a time when Darwin’s theories are beginning to cause friction between science and belief. Faith’s father is a man of the cloth as well as a dabbler in archaeology. It is also a time in which women have few opportunities and choices.

I enjoyed the mystery as well as Faith’s thoughts on the choices society leaves her mother and herself, as well as the conflict in science and religion. Readers are along for the ride as she tires to work out the mystery of her father’s scandal and death, as well as what it means for the future of her family. Faith is not only invisible in her own family, but also in society – both a child an “almost” a young woman.

When Faith discovers the power of the plant and begins to use it, she could never foresee the consequences or changes it will bring within herself.

Thank you Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Jackaby by William Ritter @AlgonquinYR

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Jackaby by William   Ritter

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I would describe this more of a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Grimm. I read this book voraciously and enjoyed every bit. There were so many fun peculiar little happenings along the way.

Although I was able to figure out the identity of the villain early on (not unusual for me), I didn’t mind. The much of the mythology in the book was new and fresh to me.

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I also found that reading this book was like exploring a mysterious house with lots of nooks, crannies, and hidden passageways with fascinating little baubles and trinkets to admire.

I loved Abigail with her keen observation skills, fascination with adventure, and fierce independence. The other inhabitants in Jackaby’s abode, and other characters you meet along the way will steal your heart.

As I read, I discovered that many of the character and location names hold a deeper significance if you go looking.

The cover evokes feelings of wistfulness and mystery as you examine at it.

I am dying to read more!

The Invasion of Heaven by Michael B. Koep

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The Invasion of Heaven (The Newirth Mythology #1)

This book is difficult for me to review and rate. I’m not going to rehash the description since it’s easily accessible.

The book had a rough start for me. The reader is dropped in the middle of the action within the mind of a character that is confused about what is going on. This was very disorienting for me and I kept trying to get a grasp on the plot. It did finally even out a bit. The story is told from a few POVs and told out of order, which doesn’t aid the reader to form a coherent vision of the story.
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The story has the feel of a thriller, has several plot twists, and a touch of the paranormal. There is an off-kilter feeling of being watched and manipulated.
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There are powerful people and conspiracies. When you’re caught in the middle, who do you trust? What is the meaning of life?

There is a thing that that isn’t answered. And this frustrated me. It IS perhaps my biggest complaint and brought the book down in rating for me.
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Other readers may not be bothered by this at all, but it makes me consider not reading further in the series. After so many labyrinthine twists and emotional investment, I wanted clarity dammit. I wouldn’t care what answer it was….I just wanted an answer.
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Also, the book seemed long, but perhaps it was because the tone is so “Big deep heavy”.

Kudos to the author on a fresh idea with amazing execution. I enjoyed the story (with the exception of the unanswered thing), and appreciated the skillful writing.

Thank you Netgalley and Will Dreamly Arts for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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The Girl From Everywhere

Another book where the story has promise, but the execution didn’t do it for me.

There were moments where I was starting to connect and waiting for it to all snap together for me…but it never happened. I kept with it for the entire book, almost DNFing so many times. There were parts of the story that held so much promise, but I never connected. The author has talent, but the big picture was a little too all over the place.

1. I think the story had too many elements for it’s own good. A lot of things could have been fleshed out, but instead more pieces kept coming out of the woodwork. I would have loved to connect more with the ship’s crew, the love interest, the friendships, the little dragon, or the villain. Everything was sort of hazy and just there rather than making a connection with the reader. Just dial down the breadth of the story a bit.

2. The story goes too long between moments of tension or excitement. Too much meandering.

3. The moments of revelations were not clear enough. You know that sucker punch moment you had while watching the reveal in “The Usual Suspects”? That’s my standard for a reveal and this didn’t even come close.

3. To me, the ending was completely anticlimactic. What the hell?

Thank you Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan @KurtDinan @Sourcebooks

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Don't Get Caught

Who doesn’t love a good prank…well…as long as you’re not the target of said prank.
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One day Max gets an invite to the Chaos Club – the school group that pulls epic pranks from year to year. When he arrives at the clandestine time and location, he finds a hodgepodge of other students with the same invitation. Soon it becomes evident that they were targeted for a prank.

Thus begins the plan to unmask the Chaos Club and new friendships. There are certainly some Breakfast Club themes and moments.

In some way or another, each of the characters is held hostage by their persona: the nobody, the jock, the screw-up class clown, the goody goody preacher’s kid, and the artistic protester. The book even has a Richard Vernon-like character that is continually trying to catch the pranksters in the act.
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Max becomes the glue that holds the small group together as they work to identify the members of the Chaos club. He is a long-time admirer of heist films and finds himself doing quite well as the mastermind of the crew. As plans go awry, they each find a way to grow and mature.

You’ll find snarkery, “my balls” jokes, suspense, come-uppances, and some surprises hidden in plain sight. I definitely recommend this one!  It even comes out on April Fool’s day of 2016!

Thank you Kurt for graciously helping me secure a copy through a Sourcebooks/Netgalley invite for an honest review.