Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday Madness: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer


Monday Madness is a new bookish meme hosted by Bookfever & Booklover's Teaparty

You know that feeling when you feel like you are gonna go mad if you do not get a certain book right away, when you are obsessed and all you want is that one book and you will be happy? That is what Monday Madness is about. All those books you that drive you mad.

Pick a book. Talk about it- why do you want it? What has drawn you to it? Why is it making you mad with want for it?




Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles
Published: February 3rd 2016 by Feiwel and Friends 

The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….

The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.

After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.

The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a young Winter and Jacin playing a game called the Princess and the Guard…

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.

Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…



I can't believe I STILL haven't bought this book. The whole series was incredibly epic and I just need more!
I already read Glitches, The Queen's Army, Carswell's Guide to Being Lucky and The Little Android before but I would love to reread these stories.
I especially can't wait to read Something Old, Something New. I think I might cry.









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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Review: Egyptian Mythology by Stephan Weaver

Title: Egyptian Mythology
Author: Stephan Weaver
Publication: July 10th 2015

Genre: Nonfiction ~ History
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

This review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.


 

△ Egyptian Mythology △
Gods, Pharaohs and Book of the Dead
From at least 4000 BCE to the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 CE, Egyptian Mythology was the foundation of ancient Egyptian culture. Spanning over large dominions as distant as the Roman Empire and the Greco-Roman realm, Egyptian mythology was a prevailing entity. Goddesses like Isis were worshiped not only by the natives of Egypt but also those of England and Afghanistan.

Inside you will learn about…
✓ Gods and Goddesses
✓ Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
✓ Book of the Dead
✓ Rituals and Sacrifices
✓ Ten Little Known Facts about Egyptian Mythology

This eBook tackles each spellbinding facet of the mythology, discussing the Gods and goddesses, the Pharaohs—including Tutankhamen and the last Ptolemaic ruler Cleopatra VII— the mysterious “Book of the Dead” and the rituals and sacrifices made to the gods.

You will marvel at the fascinating things you learn about the Egyptian Mythology: mummification, the theory ancient Egyptians had about the cosmos and the creations. This eBook will serve as a great insight into one of history’s most fascinating relics.


This is my third book by Stephan Weaver and I'm still love reading this nonfiction. This one was more about the mythology of the gods, pharaohs and Book of the Dead. All these things have always hugely intrigued me. And as always I love reading and learning more.

This book features all the main gods and goddesses with their stories told in short. I also really enjoyed reading about the pharaohs, especially Tutankhamun. Reading about the Book of the Dead has also always been something that I've loved. I also liked the quotes added from Zahi Hawass.

Just like the other books I've read by Stephan Weaver, I thought the writing with this book was excellent and specific. I  enjoy reading these books so much and they read very fast. I really can't enough.

Rich with fascinating information and details about ancient Egyptian life and mythology, Egyptian Mythology: Gods, Pharaohs and Book of the Dead of Egyptian Mythology by Stephan Weaver was another engaging read that I would highly recommend.






       About the Author:

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Dedicated to the craft of writing, Stephan Weaver is a best-selling author who loves to pen anything related to history and mythology. With a love for immersing himself into other cultures, worlds, and even realms, Weaver is a former professor, historian, and archaeologist. It's no surprise that you can now find him tucked away with his laptop writing about these very things with commitment and devotion. Married to a beautiful wife and father to a son and daughter, Weaver loves to spend his free time with family, experience the world by traveling, and, of course, you'll never find him without a pen in hand. From the blinking cursor to the final page, he is deeply passionate about what he does. And it shows.



Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stacking The Shelves: February 27, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted @ Tynga's Reviews.


I received a lot of books in one week so I had a really great bookish week. I'm also proud of myself that I resisted to buying a lot of e-books compared to last week.


Bought:
The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen
Another little black classic to my growing collection. I haven't read it yet but I want to really soon.

Bought: 
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
I already read it and wow it was so awesome. And I also haven't been able to stop staring at that cover! ♥

Won: 
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
I won this book on a Twitter giveaway from The Candid Cover. Yay!

Bought: 
The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I'm so glad to be having this book already but sadly enough I can't read it just yet. I've got a few other books lined up first. 

Bought:
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Another book I'm so glad to have received already. I'll be buddy reading it soon with Christina from Booklover's Teaparty!


Won:
First Comes Love by Emily Goodwin
I had almost bought this book but then I got the email that I had won it. This book sounds so great, as does everything that Emily Goodwin writes.

Bought:
Wolfsgate by Cat Porter
This book just sounds amazing and it was only .99




Leave me links to your hauls so I can stop by! :)





Friday, February 26, 2016

ARC Review: America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

Title: America's First Daughter
Author: Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

Publication: March 1st 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Historical Fiction
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Kobo

Rating: 5/5

This review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 
  

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. And it is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that she learns of her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age.

Patsy too has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé, William Short, a staunch abolitionist intent on a career in Europe. Heartbroken at having to decide between being William’s wife or a devoted daughter, she returns to Virginia with her father and marries a man of his choosing, raising eleven children of her own.

Yet as family secrets come to light during her father's presidency, Patsy must again decide how much she will sacrifice to protect his reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson’s political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.



I live in Belgium so I've never been really very invested in the part of American history where this book takes place or knew anything about it, but America's First Daughter has totally changed all that. It was the single most brilliant and outstanding historical fiction book that I have ever read. Bravo!

I must admit that I was a bit intimidated by the size of this book at first—It's almost 600 pages. And the start was a bit slow for me but once I got more into the story I barely could stop reading. It was so damn good and compelling! The story was a well-written and researched. It a historical fiction as well as a tragic love story and gave an outstanding example of Patsy, who truly was intriguing to read about.

America's First Daughter follows (obviously) Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph, as the synopis says, starting at age nine. It takes place in America, when Patsy and her father went to France and then back to America. I really loved reading all about Patsy when she was growing up, especially her time in France was fascinating to me, but really, I liked reading about her whole love in general because her life was so interesting to me.

I also loved the side characters— from the intriguing William Short (I loved his and Patsy's swift but ardent romance) to Patsy's sister Polly, who's death gave me tears in my eyes, to her father, Thomas Jefferson himself and Tom, Patsy's husband she marries when she's 17. I could go on and on. All characters were so fleshed out and detailed. 

I also liked how this book gave a great view of domestic life of the time and age this book is set in. And can I just mention how strong I thought Patsy was. She went through a great deal in her life but always was supportive of her father, even when he maybe didn't even deserve it. It really impressed me and that's some extraordinary writing on the authors' part. I can only compliment them for that! Bravo, ladies!




       About Stephanie Dray:

       Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
STEPHANIE DRAY is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into more than six different languages and won the Golden Leaf. Her focus on Ptolemaic Egypt and Augustan Age Rome has given her a unique perspective on the consequences of Egypt’s ancient clash with Rome, both in terms of the still-extant tensions between East and West as well as the worldwide decline of female-oriented religion. She’s also fascinated by the founding of the American Republic and its roots in ancient Rome. It’s her mission to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today.


       About Laura Kamoie:

       Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Laura Kamoie has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author, Laura Kaye. Her debut historical novel, America's First Daughter, co-authored with Stephanie Dray, allowed her the exciting opportunity to combine her love of history with her passion for storytelling. Laura lives among the colonial charm of Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and two daughters.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: Sinners in the Dark by Inger Iversen


Sinners in the Dark
Inger Iversen
(Running in the Dark #2)
Publication date: March 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

War is coming between vampires and humans, and the Vampire Nation will stop at nothing to eliminate their enemies. Former assassin, Echo sees the Nation for what it is – a corrupt organization with its sights set on destroying the Sect, a group formed to eradicate all things vampire. Now Echo is a Ghost, a traitor of the Vampire Nation, determined to build a new life with the Sect. But choices he’s made in the past might cost him the one person who could truly redeem his soul.



Sinners in the Dark
Sequel to:
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Author Bio:
Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cover Reveal: Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

STUCK-UP SUIT
(A standalone novel)
Release date 4/11/2016

A Contemporary Romance novel

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors
Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

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RELEASE DATE: April 11th, 2016

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Cover Information
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, r.b.a designs
Model: Dusan Susnjar
Photographer: Tijana Vukovic

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Blurb
It started out like any other morning on the train.

Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.

He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.

Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?

Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.

When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left.  So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.

I might have picked it up.

I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.

I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days—until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.

When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.

So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.

I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.

I didn’t expect him to text back.

I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.

I didn’t expect to fall for him—all before we even met.

The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.

Yet, you know what they say about opposites.

When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract—we consumed each other.

Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.






Other books from Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Cocky Bastard


Meet Penelope Ward

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

       
Other books from Penelope Ward
RoomHate


Sins of Sevin


Stepbrother Dearest

Gemini
Jake Undone (Jake #1)
My Skylar
Jake Understood (Jake #2)





Meet Vi Keeland
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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is an attorney and a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today Best Selling author.  Over the last three years, ten of her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller lists and three on the New York Times Bestseller lists.  





Additional Books by Vi Keeland

Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)
Beat


Throb
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1zk882K

MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)
Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1alpVES
Smashwords - http://bit.ly/1is0zNX

Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)

Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series, Book Three)


The Cole Series (2 book serial)

Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)
Made for You (Cole Series, Book Two)

Standalone novels
The Baller


Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)

First Thing I See
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1JWFo21



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Highly recommended story to check out!