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This Week’s Five!!!

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Hello there! I hope you are doing well. Here’s this week’s five things that made me smile:

  1. Communicating with the author of my first BookFish Books project.
  2. Playing Minecraft.
  3. Watching movies with my family.
  4. The peppers on my poblano pepper plant!
  5. S. Usher Evans released THE ISLAND and the cover for THE CHASM. Check out my posts from this week for more info on those. I love Sush. She’s amazing. I’m so happy to be able to call her a friend, and proud of all she does.

So, what good is going on in your world? I’d love to know!

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Blog Tour – The Patience Trilogy

The Patience Trilogy
by
Beth Fehlbaum
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Steady On Books
Date of Publication: March 29, 2016
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Cover Reveal and Preorder Now! The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

It seems like just yesterday, we were talking about The Island. Oh wait, we were. Check out all the info, including the gorgeous cover, for Book 2, The Chasm!
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Book Review

The Island by S. Usher Evans Release Day Blitz!

TheIsland_eBook_600x900Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

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This Week’s Five!!!

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It’s time for another edition of This Week’s Five!!! Five things that made me happy this week.

  1. Basically, I could list this as all five things. But I won’t. The North Texas Teen Book Festival (#NTTBF16) was so much fun! I was privileged enough to go the luncheon and educator day on Friday, and to a couple of panels on Saturday. I’ll do a more in-depth write up on this sometime in the near future. If you get the chance to attend this event in the future, I highly suggest it.
  2. To go along with #1, I got to spend a lot of time with my mother-in-law (we went together both days), which is really nice.
  3. I made homemade peanut butter cookies for the first time, ever. THEY ARE SO GOOD.
  4. This is ridiculous, I know, but the ground is so soft from recent rains that the weeds come right out of the ground. So I’ve pulled A LOT of weeds out of our back yard. Definitely not all of them. If I pulled all of them, the backyard would just be dirt I think.
  5. I’m enjoying my time getting to work for Book Fish Books!

How about you? What from this week brought a smile to your face or joy to your heart?

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Rhew 2 Rhew Blog Tour – Erin’s Top Ten Inspirations

Today I welcome Erin Rhew to the blog to talk inspiration!

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Julia! And hello to Julia’s readers. <waves> Continue reading “Rhew 2 Rhew Blog Tour – Erin’s Top Ten Inspirations”

Book Review

Review – The Liberation of Alice Love by Abby McDonald

I have had this book forever. In fact, I looked it up on my kindle purchases: November 25, 2011. The Liberation of Alice Love was one of my #RockMyTBR reads.

10639074Alice Love keeps her life (and job, and family) running in perfect order, so when her bank card is declined, she thinks it’s just a mistake. Sadly, someone has emptied her bank account, spending her savings on glamorous trips, sexy lingerie, and a to-die-for wardrobe-and leaving Alice with lots of debt. As a dashing fraud investigator helps her unravel the intriguing paper trail, Alice discovers that the thief is closer to home than she ever imagined. What’s more, it seems like her alter ego’s reckless, extravagant lifestyle is the one Alice should have been leading all along. As the little white lies begin to stack up, how far will Alice go to find the truth?
And whose life, exactly, is she fighting for?(Goodreads)

I give The Liberation of Alice Love 2 out of 5 stars.

The idea of this book was really appealing to me. The execution? Not so much. The book was much too long and too slow-paced to really keep my interest, but I kept with it because I just wanted to. I wanted to know what Alice did, and see if she ever got any answers. I wanted to see what kind of changes and freedom structure-bound Alice embraced throughout the story.

I’m all for endings that leave a little guessing to be done, but I like them to have some level of closure to the story they told. The ending here left too much guesswork, like the author really didn’t know which choice the character was going to make. I would have liked a little more commitment as to which direction the rest of the character’s life was going to take.

The writing itself wasn’t too bad, it flowed well enough and there weren’t too many errors. There was simply too much of it. The story tried to cover all the facets of Alice’s life, but I felt like the issues they presented were left unresolved. The story opened with Alice receiving a very expensive personal vibrator. I really expected it to come back into play at some point, other than being Alice’s first hint that something was wrong, but again I was disappointed.

There wasn’t anything bad about this book, but it left a lot to be desired for this reader.