The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

34966353Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno—for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in—unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
No.

Genre?
Middle Grade/YA Mythology/Adventure

Star Rating?
4 Stars

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I definitely plan on finishing the series.

Who would you recommend this for?
Whoever enjoyed Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson/The Kane Chronicles), this would be right up your alley.

Conclusion:

I absolutely adore mythology. Mostly Greek and some Egyptian, but if I get the opportunity to read a book that follows any sort of mythology, I’m all for it.

This book was super interesting. I loved reading about the Maya gods and demons. Although I wish there was more of it. This book wasn’t totally descriptive. It didn’t really go into too many details of, not only the physical appearance of the gods but also about their back stories and the actual myths surrounding them.

I’m hoping we’ll get a little more about it in the next books in the series.

Honestly, my favorite character was literally the dog. I found most of the characters fell a little flat.

Now based off of my review, you’re probably wondering why I rated it so high. It’s because it was a damn enjoyable read while I was reading it. But nothing really stuck with me about it. A couple days later and I can barely remember any of the characters names.

Maybe that’s just typical for a book reviewer (LOL we’ve all been there) but this one is a complete blank. It was good, just forgettable.

If you’re interested:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

Bree

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Angel’s Landing by Danial Hooper

Hey all!

So I have something a little different for you today.

An author reached out to me to review his book. Unfortunately, I’m a little overrun at the moment and don’t have the availability for another ARC.

However, he also explained some things about the book and I felt like I had to share! Check out the email from him that I got:

My wife and I recently went through In Vitro Fertilization in order to have our first baby together. It’s basically an anxiety-filled, hormonal, emotionally scarring experience that’s totally worth it. I woke her up every morning to put a giant needle in her rear-end and then massaged her butt every night. We were lucky enough for it to work on the first round. I can’t imagine spending years going through this. Adding to our luck, we had financial help from family. I stress over money all the time, this saved me from going bald before I turn 35.

I wrote Angel’s Landing while we were going through the testing, shots, retrieval, more shots, frozen transfer, more shots, the positive test, and 6 more weeks of shots. We decided early that we would donate 1/2 of royalties from Angel’s Landing to a family going through IVF. #BooksForBabies will help us find families to help.

Angel’s Landing is about newlyweds struggling after witnessing a suicide while celebrating their first anniversary. I tried to tell a Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and a Ruth Ware (Girl in Cabin 10) type story., but still keeping true to myself.


You can find Danial @
Facebook Author Page
Twitter
Instagram: @instadanial_
BooksForBabiesIVF Facebook


This is such a fantastic cause and I definitely want to spread the word on this!

I bought my copy last night!

If you’re interested, info about the book is below ❤


thumbnail_Angels Landing Front CoverIt was the perfect marriage until their first anniversary. Witnessing a tragedy has ruined their unconventional getaway. Evan has become depressed while Scarlet has gone cold. Every day has a new self-serving argument. Counseling might work, but at what cost? Can he handle the truth? Will she open up? How many secrets are the newlyweds hiding from one another? Under constant pressure to follow their therapists direction – as well as police involvement – the couple unravel as more lies are exposed. It all comes down to one question: Who really died at Angels Landing?
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Happy reading, fam,

Bree

 

 

Guest Post|Six Great Books To Read On Your Travels

Welcome to another guest post, Fam ❤

Enjoy


If you are heading off on your travels, be it a short vacation or epic adventure, it’s always good to be able to pass the time spent traveling by being transported to another world or someone else’s adventure. This can add excitement and meaning to your own journey and it may even help you find what you’re looking for on your trip. So, let’s take a look at 6 of the best books you can take with you on your travels.

Seven Years In Tibet

If you’re traveling the Himalayas, Asia or on any type of hiking trip then this will be a great read for you. This book brilliantly combines dramatic historical events with a journey and exploration of a completely different culture to most of us are familiar with. If you have an interest in Buddhism and Tibetan culture, then this really is a must read. The book even explores the early life of the Dalai Lama.

The Lord Of The Rings

When you’re on an epic journey of your own embarking upon the unknown, it’s good to read something that mirrors that. The Lord Of The Rings is one of the most famous epic journeys in literature and as such it’s a great read for any excited traveler. Not only is the book gripping and entertaining, it’s also lengthy and when you’re traveling long distances and have lots of time to kill lengthy books are definitely your friend!

Eat, Pray, Love

We all need a bit of positivity in our lives and this book has got it in spades. When embarking on your travels, particularly if you’re traveling alone, this book is the perfect partner. Once again, this book can mirror your own travels and it’s core message to take the time to enjoy life is exactly what every traveler should be focusing on.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

There’s something very comforting about silly adventures and charmingly odd characters and with this book you will discover both. It’s written with a typically British wit and humour and at its core it is a road trip book, albeit one set in space. This book will help you escape the mundane traveling process and make you laugh out loud in the process. You might even learn the meaning of life and why you should always have a towel with you.

The Rum Diary

If you have seen the film starring Johnny Depp then you will know that the Rum Diary offers the reader exotic locations, mystery, humour and lots of drinking which lead to misadventures. Set in Puerto Rico, the book is based on the author Hunter S. Thompson’s own time there working as a reporter. You will be introduced to the Caribbean through the eyes of wild and eccentric characters which make this read one that’s very difficult to put down. It’s a little shorter than the others so it’s perfect for a shorter trip or a beach read.

The Alchemist

This is one of those books that everyone should read at some point in their lives. In fact, the messages in it are so important that it should be part of the school curriculum. This is the perfect travel book as it’s about a journey, both physically and spiritually. The author Paulo Coelho is basically teaching the reader about the concept of the law of attraction and how if you focus on positivity and what you want to achieve in life that anything is possible. A powerful and inspiring message for any traveler.

So there you have it, 6 very different but equally enjoyable books for anyone venturing out into the world in search of adventures and experiences.

Written by Stuart Cooke from Uni Baggage, a door to door delivery service that helps travellers send their baggage ahead to their destination.

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.


*I received a copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’m just going to skip my usual set up. You guys know that I’ve read every single one of JLA’s books. You know it’s a five star and you know I’m going to recommend the book to everyone.

Literally my convo with hubby:
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What can I say? I’m predictable AF.

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But what you don’t know is that this book can easily be my favorite book of 2018. I’m actually not kidding at all. Jennifer has freaking outdone herself with this one.

The way this book twists and ties with the original Lux series literally made me stop reading for a second. Like…

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Mind. Freaking. Blown.

Oh god.. there’s so much I want to talk about but I can’t spoil anything!

Luc is still the same little jerk face that he was in the original series, except now he’s not so little anymore. Which is kind of weird to read at first.. but you get over it pretty quick.

Evie is amazing. And once you find out everything about her.. holy alien babies everywhere, you’re in for a freaking shock. She’s an amazing character and I absolutely loved her. There’s at a point that she got mildly annoying, but most female MC’s get on my nerves at some point or another. I understand why she acted the way she did, but I didn’t like it. Which actually makes me love her more ’cause she’s not the perfect little innocent MC.

I absolutely adored how characters from the original series popped up. I didn’t see enough Daemon sass for my liking, but at least you got to see archer too. Kind of totally makes up for it.

I’m excited to see what other characters pop up in the rest of this series.

Let’s just say this… you know how you go into a book expecting a certain something, and then it just completely blows what you were expecting out of the water because it’s like… fifty thousand times better? Yeah, that was this.

I will always always love the Lux series and this is a freaking perfect addition to it.

I’m absolutely in love.

Will definitely be rereading this probably a few times, it was that freaking good.

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If you’re interested, this book releases in October:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon

Until next time,

Bree

Writing Update|My Book FINALLY Has A Synopsis

You wouldn’t think writing a synopsis would be hard, right?

At least I didn’t. I figured after plotting everything out and, you know, actually writing the damn thing, writing a synopsis would be a piece of cake.

I was freaking WRONG!

But, after much deliberation, face palming, near sobbing and sending fifty different version to a few different people, it has finally been figured out.

So… without any more blabbering… here it is:


While Kailey was growing up, she was sure of two things:

1. She wanted to devote her life to helping animals.
2. She would never be without her best friend Cole Martin.

When her father had them pack up and move two provinces away two years before graduation, it felt like the rug was pulled out from under her.

Now she’s in college, finally pursuing her interest in veterinary medicine. Even better, Cole is at the same school. But Cole has changed and so has she. Gone was the innocence of childhood friendship and easy conversations.

Between new friends, unexpected feelings, and a road trip, Kailey’s first year in college will be more eye opening than she ever imagined.


That’s it! My little brain baby is finally starting to actually turn into something!

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I’ve also updated it on Goodreads! So you can check it out and add it if you’d like to 🙂

Until next time,

Bree

WWW Wednesday #4

Sorry if the format of this is all messed up. I’m blogging on my cell phone. My laptop is very very close to dying and I still have half a novel to write, so I’m babying it a little bit 🤷‍♀️

So… here’s a little update on my reading!

What I Just Finished Reading:

What I’m Currently Reading:

What I Plan On Reading Next:

Or…

What are you reading?

Until next time,

Bree

Guest Blog|So You Want To Write A Book? by Olga Gibbs

Today’s guest post is written by Olga Gibbs, author of Heavenward.

Enjoy!


You want to write a book but don’t know where to start?

Best way to start is at the basics, to start from premise. So let’s start with an idea. You must have an idea, right?

If you’ve decided that you want to write a book it’s more likely because you have something to say. Maybe there is a story inside you that’s waiting to come out and you need to share it with the world. Maybe you want to share your personal experience or maybe there are some wrongs in the world and you want to make them right, make your voice heard. Or maybe it just a book you’ve read a week ago and you are so cheesed off with the ending, that you’re determined to re-write it. But whatever it might be I’d suspect you must have an idea.

Although speaking of idea, once, I had a strangest conversation with a writer, who said to me: “I have these two characters, kick-ass sisters, A grade students by day, assassins by night, what should I do with them?”

He didn’t get anything from me apart from a blank stare. I would never be able to answer that question. It’s a similar to a complete stranger asking me what he should have for dinner. “Well, you tell me. Do you like burger or pizza? Or maybe you prefer oysters? How am I supposed to know?”

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So no matter if you’re writing a character-based novel or a plot-based novel, before you set off you need to have an idea on what you want to do with your characters, i.e. you need to have a plan. As much as characters in whom we could invest, are very important, they are nothing without a journey.

And at the beginning of your writing journey, it doesn’t have to be a fully-fledged idea – for starters it can be as basic as “a girl loved a boy, but he didn’t love her back” – bam!

I know, I know. Not very impressive and basic, but it’s a very solid foundation to build on.

On this premise we can expand. We’ll put our character through their paces, we’ll make their life a living hell. We’ll make them suffer, we’ll make readers love them and hate them, laugh with them and at them. But it will come next. For now, basic idea is all that matters.

It’s like building a house – you need a plan.

And don’t worry if your plan isn’t perfect or detailed, or complete, or if it has wide gaping holes in the middle, like a Swiss cheese. To start writing, sometimes even a clear starting point and defined finishing line could be enough.

Between you and me: I’ll bet that even your solid, marble-carved plan will change at least once over the time of your writing.

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And be prepared to lose the word count along the way. And I’m not going to lie – it will hurt. The words on the page will become your children: your flesh and blood, delivered from the depth of your heart and to lose even one of them would feel like a murder. But when you finally reach the end of your story, a dreaded EDIT will come at you like a Pennywise and to appease him will be the only way to get through it.

Before edit, “Heavenward” was over 100,000 words, but only 78,000 of these little angels made through the finishing line and were published. But that will happen later and for now you’d just need a story.

If your novel is character-based, make sure you put your character(s) through an emotional turmoil and make sure to show it. Your character will have to grow and develop, turning from a naïve girl of the first page into a shrewd woman on the last. Where if you’re writing a plot-based novel, the more trouble you throw at your character, the better. They shouldn’t have a peaceful minute – throw your character in as much doo-doo as you can and then sit back, relax and watch them swim.

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And for now just start with a rough plan and start writing. Good luck!


Thank you so much Olga for the fantastic post!

Olga has also informed me that her book Heavenward is getting a new cover September 15th, so keep an eye out for that!

Also, the winner of the signed paperback copy of Heavenward is Kris Marie from Boston Book Blogger!

Congratulations!

Until next time,

Bree

What The Flower Says Of Death by Danielle Koste

28873663Violet Holt has already met Death once.

After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her eighteenth birthday.

No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction.

Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable.

Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.


*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
I read Pulse a while back

Genre?
Paranormal romance

Star Rating?
5 Stars

Rereadable?
100% no. Simply for the reason that I dont think I can put my emotions through that again.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I would definitely read more about Jack or Violet.

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who loves Paranormal romance with… more.

Conclusion:

This book is… amazing, heartbreaking, breath taking.

This book made me cry.

I barely have words to describe what I’m feeling right now. I actually started reading it a few weeks ago and had to take a little break because it was so heavy. I definitely recommend going into this book with a fair bit of caution.

Violet is very much a girl suffering from terrible depression that really needs to talk to someone regarding her mental health. She’s sent to live with her grandmother after a failed suicide attempt. That’s not exactly conducive to a recovery or treatment of a mental illness.

All in all, I think the author did deal with the subject matter respectfully and with brutal honesty that’s sometimes necessary.

I just want to warn you that this gets dark. Not just the death but being inside Violet’s head with her thoughts of harming herself and obsession with making bucket lists and planning her suicide is not easy.

Jack was a fantastic character that didn’t work to change Violet. Just because she was with him, she didn’t go “Okay, I’m going to live now.” But he was a wonderful addition to the story and he definitely helped Violet.

I mean, even though he’s… nevermind.

Anyways, if you are interested in this book (and I strongly urge you to check it out) it releases September 25th:
Goodreads
Amazon CA
Amazon 

Until next time,

Bree

Blog Tour|What The Flower Says Of Death by Danielle Koste

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for What The Flower Says Of Death! I hope you enjoy the excerpt at the bottom of the post. And I hope you check out all the wonderful stops on this tour!


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Violet Holt has already met Death once.

After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the
doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try againon her eighteenth birthday.

No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction.

Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable.

Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.


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About the Author


Danielle Koste is a born and raised Canadian, but currently lives with her significant other in the equally snowy and cold Stockholm, Sweden.
While working a day job and learning the language of the locals, she spends her free time honing the craft she’s always had a passion for.

When procrastinating, Danielle likes to enjoy other forms of rich story-telling, besides the obvious abundance of novels filling up her apartment and Kindle. Movies, music, and video games are among her favorite time-wasters.

Website / Goodreads / Patreon /
Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr

Now that you know about the book and the author, time for the excerpt! Enjoy!

Watch out for my review tomorrow!


My throat was tight, painful, and choking, a knot in my esophagus that throbbed with every pound of my pulse. I escaped the house to try and breathe again, and my wandering feet followed the pull of my aching heart, like a bird drawn to migrate south without a sense of why.

The stormy waves frothed foamy white far out in the violent waters, but calmed as they approached the coast, reaching out to caress the sand like a lover’s fingers across a cheek, then pulling away. A forever unsatisfying romance between the water and the land. I could taste their
romance in the air, misty and moist, salt on my tongue and tangled through my hair.

I sat there for hours, letting the sound of their love calm me. The clenching in my throat released as the sun dipped under the gray clouds and touched the horizon. A chill set in when the rising water threatened to kiss my feet; I shivered and wrapped my sweater tighter around
me, wondering what it would be like to keep sitting there and let the ocean take me away with it as the tide retreated again in a few hours.

I stood, watching the waves approach my toes, teasing close then drawing away, a curled finger beckoning me to follow. I kicked off my runners and discarded my socks, then took a step forward, meeting the water with its next approach.

Combined August Wrap-Up and September TBR

Hey all!

This month has been a complete jumble for me. Between my shifts changing, trying to write my book, and everything being overall crazy, I haven’t really been on schedule for anything.

So I’m sorry.

Hopefully everything will calm down soon enough, well, I’m hoping anyways. But in the mean time, bear with me. Everything will be better eventually.

Also, a little announcement: I am planning on doing both Blogtober and Blogmas this year. I did a Twitter pole and the option for both won out… so be prepared for that! These posts are probably going to be mostly reviews, tags, and my regular posts but I’ll try to throw in some fun Holiday type stuff as well. And of course, writing updates!

Sooo, time for my August Wrap-Up:


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I am so so excited that I was able to hit my reading challenge this early in the year. So from now on, it’s just icing on top 🙂


Now for the September TBR, this is going to be a tiny bit strange. The reason being is a lot of this month is going to be writing my book and planning Blogtober, so I don’t know how much I’ll be able to read.

However, I said that for August and still managed to pull off reading 14 books lol

Anyways, this is what I plan to read:

A lot of rereading and a lot of JLA. Perfect ❤

Let me know what you’re looking forward to reading this month.

And also, any ideas for Blogtober? I could use all the help I can get xD

Until next time, Lovelys,

Bree