Thursday, May 28, 2015

"Tidal" by Amanda Hocking (3rd book of Watersong Series)

"Tidal" by Amanda Hocking is more about Gemma, the mermaid who wants to end the curse and get back to being a normal human being.  Her and her sister research mythology to see if they can figure out how to end the curse while she puts a spell on her boyfriend to make him hate her in order to protect him from the other sirens.  Harper struggles with a big decision about going to college to become a doctor as planned or staying to try to help Gemma.  Harper asks her boyfriend, Daniel, to protect Gemma since he's immune to the siren's song.  Penn, the head siren, is attracted to Daniel and they strike up a deal.

I was really looking forward to getting through this book to end the series and then found out there's still one more to go--Elegy.  This book really started to drag for me.  The mythology stuff was very boring to me and I just found myself plowing through it.  I don't think I'm going to bother with the final one in this series.  If I had known this was going to be all about mythological curses, I would never have started the series.       
(Karen's review, 2 stars)                                                                                          

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"An Ember in the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir is Fantastic YA Fantasy

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir is told by two people.  Laia and her brother are captured by the empire forces.  Laia becomes a slave girl all the while trying to find a way to get her brother out of prison--even to the point of being a spy.

Elias is the best soldier in the empire forces and stands a very good chance to become the head of the empire.  The problem is he does not want this at all.  Elias wants to escape this life and become free.

Does Laia free her brother?  Does Elias get his freedom?  Read this to find out!

This is a fantastic read especially for an author's first book!  I was glued to this book right from the beginning.  If you like YA fantasy, this is a must read!  It kept me turning pages for sure.   I hope there is a book two!  Click here to view my video review of An Ember in the Ashes.
(Gerard, 5++ stars)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Teaser Tuesday--Four Today



Gerard's:
I'll be right up, honey."  She turned to Adam.  "Tomorrow," she whispered to him.

From page 89 of The Stranger by Harlan Coben. (Click link for our review)

My brother is still fighting, and his screams slice right through me.  I know then that I will hear them over and over again, echoing in every hour of every day until I am dead or I make it right.

From page 19 of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. (Review up tomorrow.)


Karen's
"I'm already looking for your replacement.  It's only a matter of time before you're dead."

 From page 40 of Tidal by Amanda Hocking (3rd book of the Watersong Series).

What's your next right step?  Whatever it is, take it.
 From page 14 of God Never Blinks--50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours by Regina Brett.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along, so I thought  I  would play for fun! Just pick two sentences from the book you are reading.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Some Military Books For You for Memorial Day!


I thought it would be nice to recommend some military books I enjoyed for Memorial Day. Only eight are mentioned in this video, but additional ones are listed below:

We both liked:
Nubs--A Mutt, a Marine, a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis (children's nonfiction picture book)
Tuesday Tucks Me In by Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan (children's nonfiction picture book)
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (Children's book, sad but very good!)

Gerard liked but I did not read:
Until Tuesday by Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan about him and his service dog, Tuesday.
Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
Black Hearts by Jim Frederick
Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer (audio book)
Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden (sorry no review but he LOVED IT.  Read before we were putting his reviews online).

What military books have you read that you liked?

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"The Stranger" by Harlan Coben is a Page Turner!

The Stranger by Harlan Coben is a unique concept for a thriller.  A stranger comes up to you and tells you a secret about one of your loved ones that you did not know, and it's a bombshell.  Not only that, but he has evidence that he gives you to back it up!  That is the main story line in this book about Adam and his wife, Corinne.  Adam confronts her and she takes off telling him she will be back in a few days.  The other sub plots in the book are also really good with a surprise ending for me.  Don't let this book get past you--it is very good!  I LOVED IT!
(Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

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