[#BookReview] After Nightfall by A.J Banner @Netgalley #ajbanner #Goodreads #Netgalley #LakeUnionPublishing

**I’d like to thank Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

SPOILER FREE

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Publication Date: Aug 7, 2018

My Thoughts: 🖤🖤🖤🖤

My Thoughts…

As soon as I heard A.J Banner was releasing a new novel, I knew I needed to get my hands on a copy. I had read The Twilight Wife and really enjoyed it.

What I Loved..

Banner delivers another addictive read. While some parts were predictable, I didn’t quite have the culprit figured out. I had my usual list of suspects, but didn’t see it coming until the very end. Well played! 👏 There were enough twists to keep you second guessing.

What could have been better..

– The ending was a bit of a letdown. I feel it could have used another 5-10 pages. It kinda felt like when you were in class watching a movie, and the teacher decides to turn off the VCR at an important scene.

– I wasn’t able to connect with the characters like I did in The Twilight Wife. This one just seemed more like snapshots into each person’s life and relevance to the story.

They were good characters though!

Other than that, I’d say this was nicely paced..One that’s perfect for a long road trip or at the beach.

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

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[#FictionFridays] Favourite Fictional Characters

Hello Lovelies! How’s everyone’s day going? Are we excited for the weekend? I know I am. It’s quite literally my Friday at work 🙂

I thought it would be fun to start a monthly, or weekly event (we’ll see how this goes) called “Fiction Fridays”, where we name one favourite fictional character we love. I’m sure there’s more than one! Which is why I thought it would be fun to host this either on a weekly basis, or monthly basis.

What do we think?

Ok..so here’s what you have to do. It’s almost like show & tell, or dress-up.

1) Name a character you love & would even dress-up as, if this were a classroom circle.

2) Include a photo so we can all see, incase we don’t know who it is.

3) Tell us which story, TV Series movie,etc they are from. And why this character is so bad-ass.

4) Don’t forget to link me (@buttoneyedreader) to your post.

Alright..ready to have some fun? Here we go!

My fave fictional character:

Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Why she rocks..

– She’s strong, witty, and a hero.

– She tricks the dragon so she can rescue her prince.

– When Prince Ronald turns out to be a total douche, she dumps him.

Who’s your favourite character?

Continue reading “[#FictionFridays] Favourite Fictional Characters”

[#BookReview] Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty & David Litchfield @MacKidsBooks @stacymcanulty @dc_litchfield #EarthDay #EarthDayBooks #Childrensbooks

Genre: Picture Book

Publication Date: Oct 24, 2017

Publisher: Henry Holt BYR

My Rating: 🌍🌍🌍🌍🌍

My Thoughts..

Happy Earth Day!

This book was so cute I wanted to hug it! Lol.

It was a fun little read filled with facts about our awesome planet! My kids loved the pictures and learned something new at the same time.

Definitely recommend it. It’s a great way to introduce little ones to the different planets and evolution of Earth.

Even my 12 year old enjoyed it. But she’s like me, a closeted children’s book lover. 😜

Do you have any books or activities you take part in for Earth Day?

[#BookReview] Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal @WmMorrowBooks #eroticstoriesforpunjabiwidows #contemporaryfiction

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Publisher: William Morrow

Publication Date: June 13, 2017

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Blurb

Every woman has a secret life . . .

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a “creative writing” course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.

My Thoughts..

I will never look at ghee and coconut oil the same the way!

Before I get into my actual review of the book, I just want to say that I initially started out with the physical book, which I borrowed from the library. However, I wanted to speed up the reading process and decided to try out the audio book. I’m really not an audio book kinda gal, but I was bored during my break at work and decided to take advantage of using Hoopla. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s an app that allows library patrons to stream and download digital content (ebooks, audiobooks, etc) for free!

This was my very first audio book and was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. Normally, I would never go this route since I don’t feel like I have the capacity to pay attention long enough. But the narrator did an excellent job at telling this story, and even added the accent to make it more authentic.

I particularly enjoyed the parts with the Punjabi widows telling their spicy stories (pun intended). It was hilarious!

Mine tried to put his banana between my breasts once. I don’t recommend it.

Note: if you intend to listen to the audio book, you might want to use ear phones..just sayin 😉

Being from a cultural background that is very similar to that of this story, I was able to relate to a lot of aspects mentioned in the book and Nikki’s character.

Being accustomed to Indian and ethnic foods, I could almost smell the chai & spices whenever a kettle was put on the stove, or Nikki passed by the markets.

I don’t want to give away too many details and spoil all the fun..

Since I had the pleasure of having both the physical and audio version of the book, I would definitely recommend the audio book version for this one.

Have you read it yet? If so, was it the audio book? Or physical copy?

Nerds with ink: Meet Sarah #nerdswithink

Hello bloggers! It’s the Friday..Yay! What does everyone have planned this weekend?

Today I have Sarah from Sarah Reads joining us to show off her awesome tattoos and piercings! You can visit her blog and find her on Instagram @sarahreadss

Hey Sarah 👋 Thanks for being here! Should I call you Sarah? Or do your friends call you something else?

My friends call me Sare or Saz.

Okay. I like Sare! So Sare..you mentioned you worked in the gaming industry. How cool is that?! I love video games (particularly Super Mario & Pokemon), eventhough I suck. Is your office/employer okay with you sporting your tattoos & piercings openly?

Yay! Thank you! They allow visible tattoos and piercings which is nice. I wouldn’t know what I would do if they wouldn’t!

How many tattoos do you currently have & where are they located?

I have seven tattoos, two on my left arm, two on the bottom of my shins, one on each calf and one on my thigh!

Are they all by the same artist?

Nope. Three different artists at the same tattoo parlour!

How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What did you get & What made you do it?

I was 21 when I got my first tattoo. I got a desert setting with four elephants walking across the sand..I knew I always wanted tattoos and the four elephants represent me, my mum, dad and brother. I chose elephants because they are an animal that represents dementia as they always remember. My grandma was diagnosed with alzheimer’s, therefore I wanted something to link to her and how my family will never forget her or one another.

Wow. That’s amazing! I love that!! Sorry to hear about your grandma. ☹ My grandmother suffered from Dementia for many years before she passed. We weren’t that close though.

Did/Do your parents know? What do they think?

My parents know. My dad wasn’t too pleased to begin with, but he doesn’t like tattoos in general. However, I think me having them has made him more accepting and he actually likes some of them now.

What are the other tattoos you have & what do they each mean?

They are all black and white. I have some forget me not flowers which are for my grandma, she passed away last year so I always knew I wanted something to represent her.

I have 011, which is from Stranger Things..I LOVE THAT SHOW!

Two bioshock tattoos. I did Games Design at University, so video games have played a big part in my life. Then I have no face from Spirited Away, and turnip head from Howl’s Moving Castle, just because I love them!

Omg..I love Stranger Things! Eleven is my fave character 🙂

Has anyone ever said anything negative about your ink or piercings? Or have people generally been accepting of it?

People have generally been accepting! I think tattoos are becoming a lot more mainstream now and so many people have them! People seem to be more negative towards the ones which don’t have meaning behind them! I am wanting more and have had people tell me not to, as it will ‘ruin’ what I look like..stuff em’!

If you have any tattoos that are visible and can’t be covered by clothing, did you find it hard to find employment?

I used to work in retail through University and they would not allow any visible tattoos, so I would have found it very different to wear anything without long sleeves then. If I had anything that couldn’t be covered, I don’t think they would have employed me! Maybe if I changed the type of job I had now I would find things more difficult.

Do you think you’ll get anymore? Or is this it for you?

I would like a half sleeve on my arm and both legs covering! If only tattoos were free, I would probably have them all now! But I must be patient (my worst nightmare) and wait!

Anyone have any tattoos inspired by favourite books, movies or characters? I wanna hear from you and see those cool tattoos!

[#BookReview] Kit and Kaboodle by Rosemary Wells @OmaOma43 @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt #KidsLit #ChildrensFiction

**I’d like to thank the publishers for my ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts..

My kids all enjoyed Max & Ruby, so I was excited to read this to them. Since they also have a thing for cartoon cats, this was perfect!

This was a cute story about a twin brother and sister, who are always on best behaviour, but seem to find themselves in trouble. Unlike most kids who are up to no good, theirs is caused by a sneaky little mouse named Spinka.

My kids loved the whole sock bit!

If your kids are fans of Max & Ruby, then they’ll enjoy this fun, quick read. It’s perfect for little ones with short attention spans too! 😉

Do your kids enjoy storytime? What is their favourite book?

[#BookReview] To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo @alliechristo @feiwelfriends #YALit #IGReads #BOTM

Genre: YA

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Book Blurb:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

My Thoughts..

Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.

OH-MI-GOSH! This book just went straight to the top of my list of best reads for 2018! It was so, SO GOOD! I think I had a bookgasm. Is that even a word?

The first fairytale retelling I read recently didn’t go so well for me, so I was a bit skeptical walking into this one. Mermaids were always my thing when I was young and I absolutely adored The Little Mermaid (the Disney version). So when I had read from another reviewer that this was a retelling of one of my fave stories, I knew I needed to jump on this bandwagon.

Unlike the original tale, this was like the world of Tim Burton meets Hans Christian Anderson. It was dark and hypnotic. One that was hard to peel my eyes from. The story..the words..the characters..it was delicious!! Perfect for a button-eyed gal 😉

This is not a prince of inexperience and anxious potential, but one of war and savagery.

Alexandra did such a wonderful job, that I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

Ok seriously..for those who like YA and fairytale retellings, read it! If I say anymore, it’ll ruin the story.

Have you read it? If so, what did you think? Have you read any other mermaid & Pirate stories you would recommend?

[#BookReview] Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou & Jen Corace @LisaPliscou #WomensHistoryMonth

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Genre: Children’s Books

Publication date:  Jan 30, 2018

Publishers: Henry Holt & Co.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts..

You’ll have to excuse my tardiness with this post. It was meant to be posted during Women’s History Month in the US. But since I live in Canada, technically I’m early! LOL. We celebrate Women’s History month in October.

To be honest, I have never read the works of Jane Austen, but have one of her books (Emma) on my shelf which I intend to read this year. So this was quite a treat, even for myself. It was a wonderful condensed biography of Jane Austen’s life, put into a story book.

Because of its length, I would recommend this for children 6 & up. As a homeschooler, this was a great teaching tool. There was a little bit of everything: history, words of wisdom and cute illustrations.

My 2 older ones and my youngest who is 20 months, all enjoyed this story.

Inked Professionals: Meet Terri @terriawilson

Hey Everyone! TGIF..well, for most of you anyway. For me, it’s my Tuesday at work!

So last month I introduced Nerds with ink. This segment is called Inked Professionals, which features people who work or have worked in an office/corporate environment and sport tattoos under their suits.

Today I am featuring the lovely Terri Wilson, a former High School teacher and College professor, who’s current profession is a writer and editor. You can visit her blog at: www.terriluvsbooks.com

Hi Terri! Thanks for joining us today.

Does everyone call you Terri or Do your friends call you something different? My given name is Teresa, but everyone calls me Terri.

What made you want to get a tattoo (story behind it if there is one)? Where is it located?

I’m not necessarily a fast learner, so for me I wanted to tattoo my mantra on my body so I would see it all the time. I also wanted thought the connection between the pain of getting the tattoo would really make it sink into my head. I don’t see myself as a masochist, but I knew something dramatic would not soon be forgotten. (I hope that makes sense) It’s located on the inside of my left forearm.

Did you ever think in your wildest dreams, this is something you would ever do? Or does this not come as a surprise to those who are close to you?

I’ve wanted one for years, but just never pulled the trigger. I drove past the parlor one day and when I finally pulled in, that was spontaneous. I don’t think it came as a surprise to anyone. I kept it pretty quiet though, until it was finished.

How did you find the artist? Did you do a lot of research? Or did you just randomly choose a shop?

My husband got two tattoos several years ago and HE did a TON of research. So I just went to the one he went to. The parlor I chose was a the first woman-owned parlor in my town. I love her work and I wanted to support her. She does a lot of work with breast cancer survivors and young women who want to cover cutting. So go Girl Boss

Do your children know about it? What do they think?

My children loved it. They like to draw on themselves and sometimes they draw very elaborate designs. I’m sure as soon as they are older enough they will get one.

As a mother, would you let your children get one? And at what age would you allow it?

Absolutely. I would just caution them to wait long enough to make sure they get one they really want. I also want them to understand that even though I nor her dad care about tattoos, not everyone is going to feel that way. Depending on what career field they choose, they may need to get it in a place where it can be hidden. Our state won’t allow it until they are 18 and I want them to go to a clean honest place, so they have to at least be 18.

From your bio, you’ve had quite the career! Are you still teaching? If not, do you currently work in an office or from home?

I stopped teaching in a classroom when my first was born. I wanted to stay home. However, now I homeschool my kids, so I guess I’m still teaching. I also like the idea of teaching others anything I learn with writing, blogging, and editing. I’m currently working in my official “formal living room”. I used the spare bedroom for awhile, but I gave that up for my kids. I’ve also set myself up to be pretty mobile so I can work from anywhere.

Is your tattoo visible while working? Or do you keep it hidden?

I don’t hide my tattoo. I don’t have to. Now my husband prefers to keep his hidden while at work.

Have you had any negative reactions to your tattoo? Or have people in your circle of friends, family & co-workers been accepting of it?

No, at least not to my face. Everyone loves it. I think it when they know why I did it and what it means to me, it makes a lot of sense.

Do you have any future plans for more? If so, what do you think you will get?

Yes, I want to get a couple tattoo with my husband. We’ve been thinking about doing puzzles pieces that go together. We just can’t decide on what to put on the puzzle pieces or where to put them. I also want to get something with a steampunk slant. I’ve seen some of an octopus with a corset. So I’m thinking something like that. I’d also like to do some in honor of my children. Their totems (I chose them so it’s not real for them, just me) are a lady bug and a dragon fly. So something with that.

For those of you who work in a corporate or office environment and have tattoos, is your body art visible? Or does it need to remain hidden?

Let me know! I’d love to hear about it.

[#BookReview] Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff @AmieKaufman @misterkristoff @penguinrandom @PenguinRandomCA #YALit #SciFi

Genre: Sci-Fi, YA

Publishers: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: Oct 15, 2015

My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Book Blurb

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

My Thoughts..

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Am I not merciful?

Woow..The only way to describe this book is MIND BLOWING! I’m still trying to wrap my head around this book!

Let me just start by saying, Sci-Fi? SO not me. Definitely not a genre I would ever choose to read! However, I kept seeing this cover all over Instagram and wanted to see what the big deal was. I’m such a sheeple, I know! LOL.

Thanks to the invention of ebooks and the ability of downloading samples, I had an opportunity to get a taste of what I was getting myself into. Because of it’s unique style of storytelling, I was totally sold on wanting to read more.

For those who haven’t read or heard of this book, the story is told through a series of case files, emails, web articles and classified documents. Cool right? That’s what got me hooked. I do have to say, it was initially a bit confusing and slow at certain parts in the beginning, but once you get going it’s hard to stop.

It’s kinda like Star Trek meets The Walking Dead. It’s got a great combo of drama, a bit of romance and action.

My fave character? Kady! She was one cool, hacker pink-haired chick 🙂

I swear..at one point I kept thinking this needed to be turned into a movie. And what do I find out? Brad Pitt bought the rights to turn it into a film! O-M-G. I can’t wait to see the film adaptation and read the other two books!!

Have you read it? If so, who was your favourite character?