Reviewing and Reading books that were free or are free. You see, I finally caved and bought an eReader. Now I find I can't stop reading all the free books offered on the online market. Despite whether or not the book is a good read or not. In this blog I will weed through all books, whether it was amazing or a grammatically sad excuse for a book, because the point in the end is . . . HEY, IT WAS FREE!
Well since I've begun my very busy job, I have finally come to admit that my time for reading has decreased drastically. So I've decided to adjust my daily and weekly blog posts, so I don't pressure or purposefully overly regulate myself into reading too much in a week and end up missing planned post, especially reviews for authors and their new releases. All that being said, I've now plotted out a new schedule to let me read, review and blog without too much pressure. Here is the new schedule for the blog if ya wanna take a gander below.
Starting as of Monday January 9, 2017:
"Tour Blitz Posts"(occasionally posted throughout the month on various days) -features Book Blitz and Book Tours with Reviews or Excerpts. "Miscellaneous Monday"(posted on the 3rd Monday of the month)
-features any books which don't fit any specific genre or is in an under popularized genre.
"Y.A or N.A. Tuesdays"(posted on the 4th Tuesday of the month)
-will feature any books associated in those Young Adult or New Adult genres.
"Wednesday Wondering & Wanderings"(posted on the 1st Wednesday of the month)
-will be about a trip or event I went on that week or just about something brought to remembrance from an occasion during the week. Could be book associated, or not.
"Romance Thursdays"(posted on the 2nd Thursday of the month)
-covers Chick lit and Rom-Coms, anything in those genres that aren't labeled anything more specific.
"Friday Favs"(posted on the 4th Friday of the month)
-features books I bought that are currently trending or are my personal favorite free read finds that I've read years ago and have followed the series or author since then.
"Classic Literature Review"(posted on the 1st Saturday of the month) - reviewing classic literature novels from authors of past century till present. Basically any books that are listed for the AP Lit. exam from high school. "Spotlight Saturdays"(posted on the 3rd Saturday of the month)
-highlighting authors, book series, with interviews, and post special blog announcements.
Sundays and God saidREST so I shall too.
Standing at the edge of the gateway, I understand two things. One, I have no idea what I’m doing. Two, the gateway to Hell is not closing. Now, there may be only one option left to me, to all of us. I may have to enter the one place I’d hoped to avoid throughout this journey. I may have to enter Hell. Unfortunately, a change in events takes the choice away from me.
I always knew the idea of River entering into Hell could become a reality, but I expected her to be by my side when, or if, it happened. I expected to be there to protect her, but she’s gone in alone. Now, not only am I trying to catch up with her, but I know Lucifer will soon learn of her entrance into my world, and he will be after her too. I just don’t know which one of us will reach her first.
***This Series will follow Kobal and River throughout. Not all things will be resolved in this book. Due to graphic language, violence and sexual content this book is recommended for readers 18+ years of age.***
Gathering my clothes, I tugged my rumpled shirt off and pulled on a scraggly brown uniform shirt that I’d had since my days in training when I’d first been brought to the wall. I hadn’t exactly been thrilled about being ripped away from my brothers and forced to go to the wall, but I’d accepted my fate. Though I was far from a good soldier, I’d learned how to defend myself during my training.
I’d especially learned a lot about my heritage and abilities. I hated that the reason I possessed the abilities that had always made me different from other humans was because Lucifer was my ancestor. However, I wouldn’t deny what I was, or walk away from the possibility I could help fix the mess the angels had started when they’d thrown Lucifer out of Heaven six thousand years ago, and that the humans had escalated thirteen years ago.
I untied my boots, tugged them off, and removed my pants. I pulled on a pair of loose-fitting pants with a hole in the upper thigh. The pants had fit better before our journey, but lack of food, a lot of walking and running, and being this close to Hell had caused me to lose weight. I’d never been heavy, always more athletic in build, but now I was leaning toward thin, and I wasn’t sure how to feel about it.
I felt as if every day I was falling further and further away from the woman who had fished for her brothers and becoming more of the woman who could now kill things with her bare hands. At one time not too long ago, I’d hated that the fish I’d caught had to die. Now, I’d shoot a ball of life through the chest of anyone who tried to hurt me or threatened someone I loved.
My intricate bond with Earth and the life around me had always been a part of me, and I’d cherished all living things. Now I’d killed more than fish, like Lilitu, a powerful canagh demon who had attacked us. I felt no guilt over what I’d done, but I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t acknowledge that my growing powers frightened me.
And they were growing; I felt it every day. I was able to draw on the energy of life more readily and with far more strength than I ever had before. Every injury I sustained healed faster than the one before it, as bruises faded from my flesh within hours and cuts were healed by the next day.
Every day that passed, I felt less human and more something else. What that something else was, I wasn’t sure yet, but I knew I would discover the answer to it one day.
I’m so excited to see what 2017 has in store for my family, friends, and myself. These last few months have been crazy busy but in a good way as I transitioned into a new job and learning how to balance my life is now my new main task. But I’m not complaining one bit, nay I am extremely thankful for my new job, because I had been searching for a couple years and then just when I was at my wits end at the job I was working, God gave me exactly what I needed.
So looking over this last year I realized sure at the time I felt like I hadn’t accomplished much, but I read a lot and got to travel too. I loved that I traveled quite a bit with my sister and friends to places I’d been dying to venture to in and around LA. Seriously, singing out loud during packed LA traffic are the best moments. My health also took a turn for the better, helps when specialist can pinpoint things your regular doctor can’t. Oh and my other hobbies are beginning to flourish, well at least their shaping up into something to be proud of.
All in all, I’m happy to enter 2017, with my family, friends, books and camera. I'm ready to pack for trips I hope to squeeze in after a busy work week, but I really hope to hit my reading goals this year by reading more classics and history books I've had on my TBR list for waaay too long. I also hope to spend a lot of quality time with my family meaning my grandparents who are a lot older now and my kid cousins who aren't the babies I remember them to be.
Okay I know for a fact that I've read a few more books than just the novels I've pressed "Read", but I must sadly admit that my number of books read this year was smaller than last years. I completely blame it on my wanderlust and lack of a proper computer for a bit. Now a lot of amazing books were released over this past year and some series released their final novels. Those releases are always bittersweet because anticipation is sooo long, but once finished the realization that your beloved series is over sometimes sets in a book-depression. However, all good things must come to end, or else how can we cherish them if not for their beginning and subsequently their unforgettable ending. So listed below is a compilation of my favorite reads from the year and a mention of the various series that finished this past year.
This is definitely a refreshing twist on the vampire genre. The female lead is royal vampire who is constantly concerned with matters of family, community, politics and learning to live. It's a great series and a spin off is coming soon.
As a new writer in the ya sports romance scene Jordan Ford, she brilliantly smashed the charts with "The Playmaker". Each novel is about a couple and the drama encountered is high school with issues such as race, social status, blackmail, bullying, friendship and of course love.
The risk is clear when it's the main character who has to choose whom to trust. Two hot guys and she has to decide whom not only to believe but love as well. Ugh, wish I had her problems, minus the danger.
This trilogy opened my eyes to an issue I knew about in thought but hadn't truly given more attention too. The main character endures sexual abuse and after turning in her abuser begins to find healing. It's her story process of healing and the strength it takes that really makes me want to be there for people who've faced similar situations.
This is a spinoff of the Kindred series and fans from that series will not be disappointed. The two leads make this series their own and let me just say Erica Stevens is great with writing about the supernatural and chemistry ;)
Supernatural Chronicles: The New Orleans Collection
Written as individual novellas by various authors, the story all revolves around a key plot and of course New Orleans. Each novella highlights a different supernatural group and a bit of their history. A project like this from these authors is amazing.
Simply put main girl doesn't do love or relationships, but loves sex and partying. The party time is reward for her good behavior and hard work at college, but when vacationing in Malibu-California, everything is fair game. Until one guy says no to her for once and shows her love could be a real thing.
Novellas written but various authors chronicle the fantastic 80's decade by each year. It's great how contemporary the stories are even set in a time when it's all about scrunchies, spandex and shoulder pads.
This is YA but I'd definitely keep it upper YA. Dealing with angels, demons and other supernatural beings everything always seems unknown. The plot is complex and just a bit sinister when the hero finds he may not get his HEA.
This series is the epitome of opposites attract theory. Amber Garda knows how to have her characters fall hard for people they think aren't or shouldn't be their perfect fit. Especially when the relationship brings tension to the baseball team.
For this series to end I honestly cried. The first novel "Captive" was the first novel I read by author, Erica Stevens, and I've been her fan ever since. So saying adieu to the characters and this dystopian world of vampires and humans fighting to coexist and survive was difficult.