When Bad Stories Happen To Good Covers #Books

Have you ever bought a book just cause the cover was pretty/attractive? Don’t be shy..raise those hands! I know I have.

We’ve all heard the saying:

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Well, doesn’t it just suck when that gorgeous cover of yours turns out to be a disappointing read?

Since this is a year of many new things for my blog and reading choices, I thought it would be fun to chat about books we were bamboozled into buying. Yes..I know we weren’t forced to buy that beautiful book..but still..it would be the equivalent of having beer-goggle vision.

Anyhow..here is my current list:

REBEL OF THE SANDS by ALWYN HAMILTON

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THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J WINE

Snow White may not have been my favourite fairytale, but I was totally sold on the black apple.

THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by ROBERT GOLBRIATH

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by SHARI LAPENA

Okay. So I didn’t exactly buy this one, but I almost did when I saw it at Costco. It had a nice cover and intriguing title, which is why I have added it to this list.

ECLIPSE by STEPHENIE MEYER

Just for the record, I happen to like the Twilight series..the first 3 books that is. It was the series that got me into to YA in the first place. However, this book felt unnecessary to me and the ending was just ridiculous.

Which HOT looking cover did you buy, only to be followed by a disappointing read?

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[#BookReview] Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell @Netgalley #netgalleyreads #goodreads #NewRelease

Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I’d like to thank Netgalley & Atria Books for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I was a bit torn as to what I was going to rate this book because it was overall, a great read.

What I loved..

– The characters: oh my goodness. Noelle was just all kinds of creepy, but one of the most enjoyable to read.

-The narrative: it was told in alternating time frames by multiple POV’s and was very well written.

-The pace: this was a fast and easy read. One that can easily be finished within a day or two.

What didn’t work..

– It was predictable. I had the whodunnit part figured out very early on in the book. From that point on, I figured everything else out except for one part.

– The events that took place near the end were just a bit too unrealistic for my liking. Things just came together way too neatly.

Despite the things that didn’t quite work, it was still an enjoyable read.

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Nerds With Ink: Meet Darque Dreamer @DarqueDreamer #Tattoos #nerdswithink

If you didn’t already know, I will be starting a new segment on my blog called “Pass the ink”. I’m hoping for it to be a monthly post, which features booknerds/bloggers (like us) and people with corporate jobs who have inked skin.

I thought this would be a neat and fun way to meet other bookworms and possibly even other bloggers.

For most of us with tattoos, there’s a reason or deep meaning as to why we chose it and because of my appreciation for body art, I’m always curious to hear someone else’s story behind their ink.

Today, I have the lovely DARQUE DREAMER who has kindly agreed to be my first feature. Yay! If you have time, feel free to check out her blog (just click on her name).

Ready? Here we go:

1) Name or Nickname your friends call you: Adri/Adee

2) How many tattoos do you have? I have one tattoo at the moment. Working on getting healthy again with my diabetes so I can get some more!

3) How old were you when you got it? I worked hard for two years to get my blood sugars under control so I could get my first tat at age 18.

4) What does it mean/symbolize? What’s the story behind it? My tattoo is a Celtic triquetra with a rose blooming out of it. I studied wicca for several years in high school and fell in love with the triquetra,which can symbolize the triple goddess or protection. I have always had a love for roses and thought it would be beautiful to combine the two. I also figured that if I ever changed my faith to one of the Christian variety, that the triquetra could also symbolize the holy trinity, and of course, I would never stop loving roses. My best friend at the time drew the tattoo for me, so that made it very special. I had done immense research in to the artist I chose to do the ink, and my mother worked with a doctor who’s husband was on the health inspection board, so he gave the okay for the tattoo parlor. My piece is a little more special to me at the moment because the incredible artist, John, passed away a few years ago from a heart condition, and he was such a happy, fun loving guy, and always had a smile for his customers.

5) Do you have any piercings? If so, where are they located? I have 5 piercings in each year, an eyebrow, nose, and lip piercing.

6) Do you currently work or go to school? I am currently a house wife, but did go to college, and worked in a medical lab for several years.

7) Does your work/school allow visible tattoos or piercings? My work place as a lab tech allowed a small nose stud, and conservative earrings, but no visible facial piercings, and no visible “offensive tattoos.” I did work as a hair salon receptionist for a year before becoming a housewife, and that was the most relaxed atmosphere ever! The owner has several visible piercings and tattoos and allowed us to have everything visible.

8) Has anyone ever made a negative comment about your body art? I have not had a negative comment about my tattoo or piercings, but I usually don’t give people the chance. I try to be all smiles and polite in public, but I don’t spend a lot of time around people who don’t return smiles.

9) Any future plans for more ink or piercings? I do have plans for more ink, and a septum piercing, as long as I am able to get my type 1 diabetes under control. Due to a lowered immune system, and very slow healing, if my blood sugars are not under control, I am at higher risk for infection and healing issues.

Thanks for doing this Adee! (I think I like that name more).

Do you have any tattoos? If so, please hit me up. I’d love to hear your story, see some pics & feature it!!

[#BlogTour] The Cold Light of Dawn by Anna Belfrage

The Cold Light of Dawn
by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: February 16, 2018
Matador & TimeLight Press
eBook & Paperback; 434 Pages

Series: The King’s Greatest Enemy, Book #4
Genre: Historical Fiction

After Henry of Lancaster’s rebellion has been crushed early in 1329, a restless peace settles over England. However, the young Edward III is no longer content with being his regents’ puppet, no matter that neither Queen Isabella nor Roger Mortimer show any inclination to give up their power. Caught in between is Adam de Guirande, torn between his loyalty to the young king and that to his former lord, Roger Mortimer.

Edward III is growing up fast. No longer a boy to be manipulated, he resents the power of his mother, Queen Isabella, and Mortimer. His regents show little inclination of handing over their power to him, the rightful king, and Edward suspects they never will unless he forces their hand.

Adam de Guirande is first and foremost Edward’s man, and he too is of the opinion that the young king is capable of ruling on his own. But for Adam siding with his king causes heartache, as he still loves Roger Mortimer, the man who shaped him into who he is.

Inevitably, Edward and his regents march towards a final confrontation. And there is nothing Adam can do but pray and hope that somehow things will work out. Unfortunately, prayers don’t always help.

The Cold Light of Dawn is the fourth in Anna Belfrage’s series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his lord and his king.

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About the Author

Anna was raised abroad, on a pungent mix of Latin American culture, English history and Swedish traditions. As a result she’s multilingual and most of her reading is historical- both non-fiction and fiction. Possessed of a lively imagination, she has drawers full of potential stories, all of them set in the past. She was always going to be a writer – or a historian, preferably both. Ideally, Anna aspired to becoming a pioneer time traveller, but science has as yet not advanced to the point of making that possible. Instead she ended up with a degree in Business and Finance, with very little time to spare for her most favourite pursuit. Still, one does as one must, and in between juggling a challenging career Anna raised her four children on a potent combination of invented stories, historical debates and masses of good food and homemade cakes. They seem to thrive…

For years she combined a challenging career with four children and the odd snatched moment of writing. Nowadays Anna spends most of her spare time at her writing desk. The children are half grown, the house is at times eerily silent and she slips away into her imaginary world, with her imaginary characters. Every now and then the one and only man in her life pops his head in to ensure she’s still there.

Other than on her website, www.annabelfrage.com, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, http://annabelfrage.wordpress.com – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel. You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 26
Review at Historical Fiction Reviews
Tuesday, February 27
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Wednesday, February 28
Review at A Holland Reads
Thursday, March 1
Feature at What Is That Book About
Friday, March 2
Review at Book Drunkard
Monday, March 5
Review at A Bookaholic Swede
Tuesday, March 6
Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog
Wednesday, March 7
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Friday, March 9
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Monday, March 12
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Tuesday, March 13
Guest Post at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Thursday, March 15
Feature at Passages to the Past
Friday, March 16
Interview at Dianne Ascroft’s Blog
Monday, March 19
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time
Wednesday, March 21
Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Feature at A Literary Vacation
Thursday, March 22
Review at Back Porchervations
Friday, March 23
Feature at Button Eyed Reader
Monday, March 26
Review at Just One More Chapter
Wednesday, March 28
Review at Broken Teepee
Review at Impressions In Ink
Friday, March 30
Review at Bookramblings

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a complete set of The King’s Greatest Enemy series to one winner & two winners will win a paperback copy of The Cold Light of Dawn! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on March 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
– Only one entry per household.
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– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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[#Blogtour & #BookReview ] New Shoes by Sara Varon @01FirstSecond @saravaron1

**A special thanks to the publishers for my ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novels

Publication Date: Mar 19, 2018

Publisher: First Second Books

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What it’s about..

Francis the donkey is the best shoemaker in the village. He uses only the finest materials: coconut wood for the soles, goat’s wool for the insoles, and wild tiger grass for the uppers.

One day he receives a special order from his favorite singer: Miss Manatee, the queen of calypso. But he’s all out of tiger grass! To make the perfect pair of shoes, Francis must journey deep into the jungle . . . and that means leaving his village for the first time.

My Thoughts…

OMG..this book was SO adorable. It kinda reminded me of the Adventure Time characters and graphic novels.

I read this to 2 (of my 4) kids, and each of us had a different animal that we liked. My personal fav was Francis and Nigel (I have a thing for cute monkeys). My 12 year old loved Mrs. Manatee and my 6 year old liked Mrs. Manatee’s manager (the crocodile).

This was a really cute comic about Francis the shoemaker wanting to make the finest pair of shoes for the famous Mrs. Manatee. In order to create the best pair of shoes, he needs the finest materials he can find. However, things don’t go quite as planned.

Being from a cultural background, it was so nice to see the different fruits and plants being mentioned. A great adventure and eye-opener for those wanting to explore a world outside of apples, oranges and roses! 😜

My kids and I loved the narrative. It was a combination of storytelling and comic book style, making it easy for a younger reader to figure out what’s happening and who’s talking. It brought me back to the days of circa 1980 when I used to read Family Circus. There was such a diverse group of animals making it a really fun and engaging read. I was very surprised at how focused my 6 year old was. I was expecting him to zone out since it was 208 pages.

I’ve always cherished stories that teach morals, and this was one that teaches kids about team work doing the right thing.

We also enjoyed the facts and photos the author added at the end. It made this book that much more special!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Varon is a printmaker, illustrator, and children’s book author living in Brooklyn, New York.
You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, or visit her Etsy shop for things like pins, jewelry, and printed items. She is also available for school visits! For more info on this, please email.
sara.varon@gmail.com

Have you read any books by this author? Do you have a favourite exotic animal?

[#BookReview] The Cruel Prince by Holly Black #YALit #TheCruelPrince

 

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

DNF: OK..so this is an incredibly rare moment where there was absolutely nothing wrong with the writing. In fact, I loved how the story began which most readers seem to have found odd.  But not for me. It was great!

So why did I add it to my DNF pile you ask?

When you have a story about a human girl taken to a Faerie world, fighting for survival..it starts to sound a little like ACOTAR don’t you think? Or at least that’s how I felt. It was a story that felt too similar for me to want to continue.

*sigh* On to my next read..

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[#BookReview] Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Genre: General Fiction, Contemporary

Publication date: Sept 12, 2017.

Publisher: Penguin Press

My Rating: ⭐⭐

What it’s about..

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.

My Thoughts…

DNF. Argh..so disappointing! I made it to chapter 6 before losing my patience with this one. Yes, the characters were intriguing which kept me going in the first place..but it was just way too s-s-l-o-w. Like bang my head on a desk slow.

The most exciting part of the book was the fire, right at the beginning. After that, I feel like this book was more character development than storytelling. I was waiting for the drama surrounding the adopted Asian baby, but obviously never got that far. Families adopting children outside their own race is not without controversy and was in my opinion, the highlight of the story that got me interested in the first place. I feel like that part should have been somewhere near the very beginning, but got a long-winded story about Mia and Pearl instead.

WAH-WAH

Sorry guys..I tried to like this one, especially since it was written by an Asian author. Perhaps the television version will be better!

Have you read this book? Did you like it like the majority of readers?

Ugly Ink

*Note: Photos in this post are not mine and possibly even fake.*

Is there such a thing as a bad tattoo? (Don’t answer that, it was a rhetorical question.)

I don’t know about you, but I would never have the balls to tell someone their tattoo is ugly or ask: what the f*ck were you thinking?

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Afterall, it’s not like having beer goggle vision with a drunken night of sex that you can get over..We’re talkin permanent ink and one that would require either laser removal or a cover-up.

Maybe it was a lapse in judgment? Drunken night? Someone you thought you’d be with forever?

What about the ones that are grammatically incorrect?

I can say however, that I have met someone back in my Uni days that got a tattoo of a Chinese character/word she thought meant friendship or best friends. Unfortunately, she did not do her homework and had the incorrect character. The worst part was, it was a fairly large tattoo on her back! I felt so bad telling her it wasn’t really a word.

I recently came across an article on Yahoo about people getting ugly tattoos on purpose! WTF?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/people-getting-ugly-tattoos-purpose-slideshow-wp-151029888.html

Do you have embarassing ink? What’s your story? I wanna know!!

[#BookReview] My Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach, Illustrated by Eric Barclay @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt @ericbarclay #KidsLit #ChildrensFiction

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Mar 6, 2018

Publisher: Henry Holt

My Thoughts..

As a dog owner & lover, my kids and I loved this book. It was such a cute story with wonderfully illustrated pictures!

I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but something my children pointed out was the boy not being the same colour as his mom (which was brilliant in my opinion). We live in an age where their are lots of interracial, blended, same sex families and adoptions that I thought it was about time we see a book that represents today’s family. It really got my children’s imagination going. They started coming up with their own ideas of what the little boy’s nationality was, whether he had a dad or possibly another mom..it was fantastic!

I applaud the illustrator and author for stepping outside the box and norm for this.

My kids also had fun trying to guess which pet was going come next. My fav was the dog (duh!) and worm 😊

Do you have a pet? If so, what do you have? If not, what’s your favourite animal?

[#BookReview] The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth @Netgalley @StMartinsPress #ChickLit #WomensFiction

**I’d like to thank Netgalley & St.Martin’s Press for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review**

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Publisher: St.Martin’s Press

Publication Date: Mar 6, 2018

My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤

Book Blurb:

The small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbours, and children play in the street.

Isabelle Heatherington doesn’t fit into this picture of family paradise. Husbandless and childless, she soon catches the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers.

But Ange, Fran and Essie have their own secrets to hide. Like the reason behind Ange’s compulsion to control every aspect of her life. Or why Fran won’t let her sweet, gentle husband near her new baby. Or why, three years ago, Essie took her daughter to the park – and returned home without her.

As their obsession with their new neighbour grows, the secrets of these three women begin to spread – and they’ll soon find out that when you look at something too closely, you see things you never wanted to see.

My Thoughts..

This was like Desperate Housewives meets Big Little Lies. The writing style was very similar to Big Little Lies. I would actually say this was more like Wisteria Lane. The story centers on 5 women: Essie, Ange, Fran & Barbara, who live on the same street, each with their own secret. Isabelle is the new mysterious neighbour who doesn’t quite fit in the picture..see what I mean?

What I liked..

I enjoyed the characters and their struggles. I have been through postpartum depression myself, so it was very relatable.

What didn’t work..

It was a bit too predictable for me. I also felt like the ending and everyone’s problems were way too easily resolved.

Still, this was a very entertaining, easy and fast read. One that I would totally peg as a beach or poolside read.

Have you read it? Have you read any of her other books?