Monday, October 22, 2018

Review: The Neolithic Revolution by in60Learning

Title: The Neolithic Revolution: A Watershed Moment in Human History 
Author: in60Learning
Publication: September 15th 2018 

Genre: Nonfiction, History, Ancient History
Purchase it on: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

Smarter in sixty minutes.
Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written non-fiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20% of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each.
The shift from the Paleolithic to Neolithic periods represents a watershed moment in human history. While many may consider the humans of both stone ages to be unintelligent barbarians, this brief history proves that the humans of yesteryear were just as smart as we are today. Between 10,000 BCE and 2000 BCE, they instituted revolutionary changes in human life. All over the globe, formerly nomadic people began settling into villages, farming, and creating hi-tech stone inventions. Thanks to new research tools, exciting discoveries are popping up all over the world, revealing more about the mysterious early humans behind such wonders as Stonehenge.

When I saw that in60Learning had this new book about the Neolithic Revolution free to read I didn't hesitate to grab it for my Kindle and I knew I was going to read it as soon as I could because this is one topic I'm very interested in and something I always love to learn and read more about. I'm so glad I was definitely not left disappointed but then again I always do enjoy books by in60Learning.

I'm always up to reading about history. Some of you may know I'm a huge history geek but there's something about our very ancient past that just really fascinates me. And this book was a really good read to satisfy my need to read more about this kind of topic. As always with a book from in60Learning I read it in one sitting because for some reason I'm always so into the books that I just have to finish them. Luckily it never takes very long because you can definitely read them in less than 60 minutes. 

For a short book of about 38 pages it does cover a lot of ground about the topic of the Neolithic. You can imagine how much I loved this. For example some of the chapters talk about how the cave paintings in the Cave of Altamira in Spain were discovered, which is known now for their beautiful art of bison. The book also talks about Otzi the Iceman, which was one of the most important historic finds of the 20th century and of course Stonehenge but also other similar sites in Ireland and Scotland.

The Neolithic Revolution: A Watershed Moment in Human History by in60Learning is an enlightening and easy-to-read nonfiction about the Neolithic Revolution. I found it a highly fascinating, thought-provoking and informative read.


5 interesting facts I learned:
  • The Neolithic Revolution took thousands of years to take hold.
  • Most historians consider this revolution to be the most significant period in the history of human development (and I wholeheartedly agree.)
  • Human beings ten thousand years ago, fifty thousands years ago or even two hundred thousand years ago were just as intelligent and just as skilled as we are today.
  • Ötzi the Iceman lived precisely between 3359 and 3105 BCE.
  • Newgrange (Ireland) was built around 3200 BCE by Neolithic people, making it more than 5,000 years old, older than the pyramids of Egypt and older than Stonehenge.



Some pictures related to the book:

Ötzi the Iceman while still frozen in the glacier, photographed by Helmut Simon upon the discovery of the body in September 1991.
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A front view of the Newgrange (Ireland) monument taken from outside the grounds
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The entrance passage to Newgrange, and the entrance stone (note the megalithic art on the big stone.)
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Standing Stones of Stenness in Orkney (Scotland)
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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Stacking The Shelves: October 20 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish feature hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.



Won:
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
I won this book on a Twitter giveaway by Soknou King. It arrived damaged from The Book Depository with pages that were loose and ripped (wtf) but luckily they're sending me a replacement copy. ^_^ 


Bought:
How the Dukes Stole Christmas by Tessa Dare, Sarah MacLean, Sophie Jordan and Joanna Shupe
I absolutely can't wait to read this but I will try to hold off until December! :D

Absinthe of the Heart by Monica James
Bought for only 99 cents. I love this author!


I hope you will all have a great weekend and happy reading! ♥


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: Born, Madly by Trisha Wolfe

Title: Born, Madly
Author: Trisha Wolfe

Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #2
Publication: February 6th 2018

Genre: Dark Romance
Purchase it on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

Rating: 4/5

Duet: a performance by two.

But who is acting, and who is devolving?

A buried past is unearthed, and Grayson Sullivan—AKA The Angel of Maine—retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially set him free. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she’s fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.

This duology has been quite the ride for me. I read both books in only one week. Something like this actually never happens so you can say that I really loved them. If you've read my review of the first book Born, Darkly then you know how obsessed I was with it. (if not you can read it here.) My obsession certainly didn't end with the second book. I do have to say I loved the first book a tiny bit more but all in all Born, Madly was definitely a worthy sequel in my opinion. I absolutely couldn't stop reading it.

Born, Madly continued the twisty love story of Dr. London Noble, criminal psychologist and Grayson Sullivan also known as The Angel of Maine killer. This book was probably a little more predictable than its predecessor because I could guess a couple of things that happened but other than that I loved the darkness and slightly disturbing feel that was also present in the first book.

I knew as soon as a copycat killer was mentioned that this was going to be an excited sequel. The first book had it's fair share of suspense but this one probably had a tiny bit more of that. Needless to say I loved this aspect of the story very much. I wasn'r even sure if everyone would survive and I don't want to say if they do or don't but let me tell you I was sweating a little by the end. The suspense nearly destroyed me. 

The romance was as deliciously dark and overpowering as it was in book one. I've got to admit I did have my doubt about London and Grayson as a couple and if this could possibly work but oh they certainly convinced me of that. Nothing about their romance is sweet or even kind but damn it if they haven't grown into one of my favorite couples ever. 

Born, Madly will have your eyes glued to the book to make sure you read every single word of this amazingly dark and scrorching hot book. London and Grayson's story will have you rooting for them even if you didn't think it could be possible. This is one duology that I would so very highly recommend. Go read it now!


Read my review of the first book Born, Darkly here.


About the author:
From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up imaginary worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her imaginary worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cover Reveal: Piper Prince by Amber Argyle


Piper Prince
Amber Argyle
(Forbidden Forest #2)
Publication date: April 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

All magic is light. If that light be darkened, shadow and punishment come.
Long ago, a curse fell upon the land—a curse of forgetting and wraiths, a curse that ensured no daughters were born to the pied pipers in over three centuries. The pipers were all that stood between the humanity and utter destruction, so they did the only thing they could: they stole the daughters of the nearby kingdom with their hypnotizing melodies. With the sons born from those unions, they continued to defend against the wraiths and fight the curse, even though they were slowly losing.
Larkin was one of those daughters. Stolen by Denan and married against her will, she found herself falling in love with the very man who had taken everything from her, the man who had made her a princess. Together, they discovered that she was the first woman in three centuries to possess the magic of the pipers, and therefore, the only person capable of breaking the ancient curse.
But breaking the curse means unraveling the very past the curse is intent on keeping secret. The answer lies buried in the crypts of the Black Druids, men who consider Larkin a traitor they’ll kill on sight. Embedded in the intrigues of their court, she unearths a dark conspiracy destined to hasten the destructive power of the curse—a conspiracy aimed at destroying her piper prince.
Sequel to:


Author Bio:
Bestselling author Amber Argyle writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.
Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo circuit and on the basketball court. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year-old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less-crazy larger people. She's fluent in all forms of sarcasm, loves hiking and traveling, and believes spiders should be relegated to horror novels where they belong.
To receive her starter library of four free books, simply tell her where to send it: http://amberargyle.com/freebooks/

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Review: Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe

Title: Born, Darkly
Author: Trisha Wolfe

Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #1
Publication: September 19th 2017
Genre: Dark Romance
Purchase it on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book DepositoryGoogle Play | iBooks | Kobo
Rating: 5/5

He challenged her sanity.

She shattered his reality.

They dared each other to the brink of madness.

A dark and twisted maze awaits criminal psychologist London Noble when she falls for her patient, convicted serial killer, Grayson Pierce Sullivan. As she unravels the traps, her sanity tested with each game, she's forced to acknowledge the true evil in the world around her.

I got this book when it was a Kindle freebie back in March but I hadn't picked it up to read until recently. I actually randomly decided to read it when I was away one weekend and I had only brought my Kindle so I thought I'd just start it and see how far I'd be able to read. It didn't take very long for me to get completely hooked by the story. As some of you may know I'm a huge dark romance fan. It's definitely one of my favorite genres, although it is really rare that I find a dark romance book that I'm really into that isn't written by Pepper Winters. But I guess I have now!

Born, Darkly is a story about criminal psychologist London Noble who falls for her patient Grayson Sullivan who is a convicted serial killer. I know initially this sounds like it could be a little cringy and at first even I was wondering how in the world it could even work between these two characters. But I've read my share of dark books and this one was just something different from any other book I've read in the same genre and yes, it does actually work for them in a twisty sort of way. But of course not without it's unexpected twists and turns. 

I was completely enthralled by London and Grayson's relationship. It all started when London decided to take him on as her patient and it all kind of spiraled out of control from there on because Grayson definitely was different from any other patient of hers. He really got under her skin and manipulated her from the start so she really didn't stand much of a chance even though she's a really smart woman. Grayson was something else entirely. He was delightfully sinful, mad and very intelligent. He killed people who did bad things but even so I don't think he's redeemable at all. And yet I couldn't help but love his character and root for him and London. The story is told in dual POV so you can really get a feel of both of the characters, which is something that I always love in any book.

This was also my first book by Trisha Wolfe and I'm not saying this might but I was really impressed with her writing style because it was really beautiful and descriptive. But it wasn't overly descriptive that the story would get boring. It was just perfect as it was. And I just can't wait wait how the story will continue in the next book. I'm sure all the minderfuckery and madness will continue. 

Born, Darkly by Trisha Wolfe is a twisted and dark read that's both unsettling and captivating at the same time. I never read anything quite like it, which makes for an even more amazing reading experience.


About the author:
From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up imaginary worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her imaginary worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Stacking The Shelves: October 13 2018

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly bookish feature hosted @ Tynga's Reviews & Reading Reality.


Bought:
Player
by Staci Hart
I always buy Staci's latest book even though I still have multiple of her other books to read. Oh well... 🙈

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Obviously I'v already read Artemis Fowl many times but the Kindle version of the newly released edition is now on sale for only 99 cents (GO BUY IT HERE!) so I bought it because it has extra content like a sneak peek to The Fowl Twins. So exciting!

For Review:
The Jinni's Last Wish by Zenobia Neil
A historical fantasy novel set in the Ottoman Empire. Sounds perfect for me, right? I'll be reviewing it for the blog tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Breakeven by Michelle Diener
I'm always excited to read Michelle's newest book!

Freebies:
The Darkest
Part by Trisha Wolfe
I found this free Trisha Wolfe Kindle book the other day. 

The Neolithic Revolution by in60Learning
I've already read this nonfiction about the Neolithic Revolution and I of course loved it. My review will be coming up soon.

I love nonfiction, especially Hourly History nonfiction and these two sounds pretty interesting. Can't wait to read them!



I hope you will all have a great weekend and happy reading! ♥


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Release Blitz: Player by Staci Hart

I should have known it was only a game.

I should have known he was too good to be true.

He’s nothing but a player...

Player, an all-new sexy, standalone romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is LIVE!

He’s a player.

He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.

Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?

I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.

But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.

There’s so much I don’t know.

Like the fact that I’m only a bet.

But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.

And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.


Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited! 
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/PlayerSH
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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

Connect with Staci
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Lotus Effect by Trisha Wolfe

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting On Wednesday hosted at Breaking the Spine.


Lotus Effect by Trisha Wolfe
Expected publication: January 8th 2019

“I whisper the word, and my soul feels as light as air… Revenge.”

Lakin Hale, true crime writer and victim of an attack that left her for dead, has written numerous bestsellers under an assumed identity, helping crime solvers and victims close cold cases, yet there is one crime she hasn’t been able to solve:

Her own.

As she embarks on a new case, working closely with local authorities, the details of the murder begin to eerily resemble the event that nearly ended her life. A silhouette of a man haunts her dreams, but there were only two people there that night—Lakin and her murderer. Is her phantom hero who pulled her from the water real, or is he a devil sent to torment her, sparked by her desire for vengeance?

Buried in a watery grave of lotus flowers, the victim calls out to Lakin, unearthing painful memories of what was stolen from her that fateful night. For those that played a part, it’s now time to answer for their sins.

After obsessively binge-reading the Darkly, Madly Duet (reviews to come soon) where I read both books in only one week I was left wanting to read more by Trisha Wolfe and found out her next upcoming book releases early January 2019. It sounds like it's gonna be pretty close in atmosphere to the Darkly, Madly Duet but of course I could be wrong. I won't actually know until I read it. In any case I'm really looking forward to reading Lotus Effect


Share your thoughts!
What do you think of this book?
Have you read any Trisha Wolfe books before? If so which ones and would you recommend them?