The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

20727654Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook – Kindle Unlimited

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Never!

Genre?
Young Adult Fantasy

Star Rating?
4 Stars

Rereadable?
Yes.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
It is a series and I’m super excited to read the rest of it. The 4th book is coming out on the 15th!

Is this a part of a challenge?
If I can manage to read all of them, it will count towards #ASeriesAMonth2018

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who loves YA, especially when it includes magical elements.

Conclusion:

I was mildly terrified that I wasn’t going to enjoy this book since magic isn’t really something I enjoy anymore. But between Ceony, Fennel and Holmberg’s writing.. I am absolutely hooked.

Now, I’m not going to lie, this got a 4 star rating because the first 30% or so was so boring that I think I napped more than I read. It was just very very slow and I wasn’t seeing it going anywheres. But there’s always that world building that has to happen that tends to be the slowest part of the novel. After that, I was completely hooked.

The story was absolutely fascinating and the authors descriptions are amazing. Not too descriptive, but definitely enough that you get pulled into the story. I don’t want to give too much away but I loved the memory hopping that happened. I’ve never read anything like this before.

Also, I was mildly confused thinking this wasn’t a romance (because you know me, if there’s no romance I have a hard time sticking to it) but I definitely started seeing touches of it later and… Oh man. I am so here for Emery. That’s mildly weird to say considering I have a great uncle named Emery.. but I’m going to try to push that thought as far back as possible.

I’m super excited to read the next books. It’s a little low on my TBR right now because I have a ton of books to read.. but it’s happening.. you’ll see!

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Until next time,

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Bloom by Cassia Leo

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The heart-pounding, emotional conclusion to the Evergreen Series from New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo.

Where flowers bloom, love grows.

With Jack determined to correct his past mistakes, and to help me cope with the news about Junior’s murderer, I find myself hardly able to function, my soul weighed down by renewed grief and crippling guilt.

When I confess my sins to Jack, watching the light in his blue eyes go dim with every word I speak, I know I will not soon be forgiven. Maybe I don’t deserve forgiveness.

When I confess my new predicament to Isaac, I’m met with words of comfort and an apology that leaves me reeling with regret.

I am truly my own worst enemy.

But I refuse to give up. With a renewed sense of purpose, I am determined to weed out my destructive habits and bloom into the person and the mother I was meant to be.


*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
E-ARC

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
I’ve read quite a few

Genre?
Adult Contemporary Romance

Star Rating?
5 Stars

Rereadable?
Absolutely

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I wish there was more books after this

Is this a part of a challenge?
No.

Who would you recommend this for?
People who like contemporary romance that deal with serious issues.

Conclusion:

This is… exactly how I needed to see this series end.

The first two books were such an emotional roller-coaster, and this one certainly did not disappoint. I obviously don’t want to spoil anything about the ending, but I think Jack and Laurel improved by leaps and bounds in this novel. I loved watching them come to terms with everything that happened.

Cheating is a huge no no for me in novels and I thought that was going to leach into my opinion of the third book, but it really didn’t. I think based off the situation and how the characters dealt with it was… appropriate, I was able to accept it.

I loved the chapters that focused on Isaac. I would love to see more of him in the future and see him get the help he so desperately needs.

Ugh, I’m so happy ❤

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Until next time,

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The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

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The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . .


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
So many. Rick Riordan is amazing.

Genre?
Middle-Grade Mythology

Star Rating?
5 Stars

Rereadable?
I would love to reread every book in the Percy Jackson world from the very first and all of the Trial of Apollo novels when this series is done!

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Definitely!

Is this a part of a challenge?
No.

Who would you recommend this for?
This is a series that can be read by basically anyone and they’d probably enjoy it.

Conclusion:

I have been wanting to read a Rick Riordan book since I finished Aru Shah. That book was so similar in writing style that I wanted to read something from him. I absolutely love this series. It’s tying in everything from all the Percy Jackson books and the Heroes of Olympus books and it’s amazing. I’m loving seeing all the characters coming back.

Except for one particular character.. which honestly, based off of what happened to him, could have stayed away for the rest of the series.

Yes. I’m salty.

I gotta say though, I really love Apollo’s character and as usual, the chapter titles (or poems in this case) are on freaking point and hilarious!

I can’t wait to read book 4 and I’m completely bummed that I have to wait until Fall of 2019 for it. I guess I’ll just twiddle my thumbs and wait impatiently for the next book.

Ugh.

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Until next time,

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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Badass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Badass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.
Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

Will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Yes

Genre?
NA Sports Romance

Star Rating?
4 Stars

Rereadable?
Meh

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
Yes.

Is this a part of a challenge?
No

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who likes fluffy contemporary romance

Conclusion:

This book was so easy to read. I swear, I flew right through it. It’s cute, fluffy and absolutely adorable, but then it also deals with some pretty serious issues as well. I loved how much Mav loved his sister and did everything possible to take care of her. Even if what he was doing was illegal, you could really tell that he would do anything for her.

The romance between Mav and Delaney was so freaking sweet. It was that type of awkward, gooey flirtation that just makes you want to read more and more. They were perfect for each other in so many ways but also polar opposites. I really love reading that in novels because, tbh, you don’t need to have everything in common to be in love with someone.

I think Ilsa is pretty much one of my go to romance authors now. Her books are so sweet.

If you’re interested:
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Until next time!

Bree

A Court of Mists and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

17927395Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


Review
Q&A

Physical or Ebook?
Ebook

Have you ever read a book by this author before?
Yes.

Genre?
NA Fantasy/Romance

Star Rating?
5 Stars

Rereadable?
Yes.

If it’s a series, would you continue reading it?
I am so excited to continue this series. I love Feyre and Rhysand ❤

Is this a part of a challenge?
Nope

Who would you recommend this for?
Anyone who loves high fantasy, steamy, retellings.

Conclusion:

This is basically my favorite book of this series. Rhysand starts off as kind of a dick, but then the more you read, the more you understand his point of view and went he went through and it makes you love him more and more as the series goes on.

Whenever there’s a love triangle, I always tend to go for the first love interest introduced, but all this novel ended up doing was making me dislike the hell out of Tamlin. He’s an ass. He’s possessive and controlling of Feyre and basically just expects her to sit pretty all day. Fuck that. She worked way too hard for her sisters before going to the Spring Court to sit pretty in a castle all day.

At least Rhysand actually let’s her do something.

Speaking of Rhysand and doing things. I love enemies to lovers romances but OMG half the novel was me thinking “holy fuck, kiss already”. Talk about drawn out sexual tension. It was the most frustrating and the best thing about the novel. This novel is classified as YA/NA… I’m going to be completely blunt when I said that the sex is way to descriptive to be classified as YA. I have no issue with sex in YA, but this is not it.

I also loved watching Feyre discover all her powers. And then turn into this complete bad ass once she started getting a hang of them.

Also, I forgot about that cliff hanger.

Time to try to distract myself with other books until I can start the third one.

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Until next time,

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Fostering Cats|Meet my foster Noah!

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Name: Noah
Age: 1-2 Years
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Intake Date: May 1, 2018
Favorite things(so far): Food, the laser pointer and being called handsome

 

 

 


On Monday, I was messaged by the rescue that I’m working with to let me know that a woman had trapped a cat in her baby barn that she had been feeding all winter. She wasn’t sure if he was a stray or someone’s missing pet, so she kept feeding him and posting about him on some Facebook pages that are for lost and found pets in my city. After way too long, she finally decided to get a rescue involved.

So this morning, the rescue went there and after some time, finally got him out and into a carrier so he could go to the vet.

He was tested for things like Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency and tested negative for all! Which is extremely exciting because that means he got to come to be my foster.

Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency are both extremely contagious, life threatening conditions in cats. Although they can live a very long and healthy life, if the virus becomes active, it can be extremely dangerous. Vaccinations are available for these diseases, but unfortunately, most outdoor cats don’t get vaccinated. Noah will be getting vaccinated soon, and since he tested negative, there is no risk to my two kitties who still need their boosters.

When he was brought here, Noah was a pretty upset little kitty. He had a long day of being poked and prodded at and just wanted to be left alone for a while.

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I tried to provide him with some wet food, which promptly made him gag. This is somewhat normal, as being upset and nervous can cause cats to get nauseated and they’ll gag at the smell of food. So I ditched that one and left him some kibble and treats out.

Now the lady who had been feeding him was giving him dog food. And as wonderful as it was that she was feeding him, dog food is not meant for cats. They do not have the same dietary needs whatsoever. Dogs require much less protein than cats and dogs also don’t require taurine, which is an essential amino acid in a cats diet. A lack of taurine can cause things like blindness and heart conditions. So definitely not the right food for them.

As the day went on, the more I got a little nervous that he wasn’t eating. The woman from the rescue ended up coming back so that she could treat Noah with revolution and then she went out and bought some more food so we could try a few to see which one he liked the best.

He was hanging out in the hideaway, so I left him a few pieces of kibbles and went back to work. A little while later, I heard crunching, and a few minutes after that, Noah stuck his head out of the hideaway and meowed at me. So I gave him some more, which he ate happily. He then bathed himself and went back to sleep.

When I was done work, I sat in front of the hideaway and just talked to him for a few seconds. And then… he came out to see me! He was rubbing himself all over me, purring and wanting all the attention. So he got a wipe down with some baby wipes, a nice brush, a run around with the laser pointer and then I had to leave because I had to have supper.

Noah is approximately one to two years old, but being outside for so long, he looks like a much older kitty. He’s skinny, has a scratch on his nose and is very dirty. I still need to try to take a baby wipe to his paws, because they’re stained with mud. But he is a gorgeous big alley cat and just a huge cuddle bug.


This past few days have been fantastic. He’s still spooking at some things.. particularly outside. I was holding him and letting him look out the window and he pretty much panicked. I’m not sure if cats can actually be traumatized but it was as if he was terrified that I would put him out again. According to one of the ladies at the rescue, someone had actually rescued him before but then put him back outside when they realized he wasn’t their cat. I spent 20 minutes feeding him treats and rubbing his little paw until he finally relaxed enough to fall asleep.

It’s going to be slow going to get him to trust everyone again, but I’m hoping I can have him trust me so he can eventually trust his forever human. This again goes to show that cats belong inside. As much as people may say ‘well, they’re wild animals’… we domesticated them, we have to help them. And although cats do still have their natural instincts, we still dulled them enough that they can’t survive with all the other dangers that humans have put out into the world.

I can’t wait to keep you all updated on Noah’s progress. Hopefully he will get adopted quickly, he deserves it.

 

If you have any questions about Noah or about fostering, ask away in the comments 🙂

Also, I’m switching these posts from Sunday to Saturday because Caturday! lol

Until next time,

Bree

To-Be-Read| May 2018

Hey Book Worms!

Welcome to another pre-written post.

I’ll be back soon ❤


Challenges:

#ASeriesAMonth2018:
The Dragori by Ben Alderson
Tough Book Challenge: Ignite by Lily Paradise
Goodreads Challenge: At least 12 books
Read A Book Based Off Of Loving the Cover: Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning (catch up from April)
A Military Hero or Heroine: One Night with a Cowboy by Cat Johnson
Husband’s Choice: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee (catch up from April) + Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong

So there is my TBR for May. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you though 🙂

Until next time,

Bree

Reading Wrap-Up|April 2018

Happy end of the month, Book Worms!

This month has been unbelievably crazy for me. Between getting ready to foster and trying to complete all my book challenges, yeah, I overextended myself just a little bit. If you missed my cat foster posts check them out here and here. I’m so happy I’m doing this and can’t wait to keep you all updated 🙂

So I’m starting my May off with a nice social media/blogging break. It’s currently April 27th when I’m writing this, so I at least don’t miss my regular posts. I will respond to all comments and tweets when I come back.

I’m excited to unplug for a little bit and just take a breather. The last 8-9 months that I’ve been blogging have been absolutely amazing, but with working full time, reading, blogging, interacting with people and now fostering.. your girl is tired. The response on Twitter to this news has been amazing and super supportive, and I hope it’ll be the same here. Hang tight, you’ll only miss snarky book reviews for about 4 days.

Might I suggest checking out Fiction No Chaser, Books in the Skye, For The Love of Books, and Happy Reading Co. in my absence. Those are some awesome ladies right there 🙂

Now onto the books I read this month. I barely stuck to my TBR, as per usual, but ah well 🙂


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#ASeriesAMonth2018:
Stalking Jack the Ripper + Hunting Prince Dracula
Existence (1, 2, 2.5, 3)

Tough Book Challenge: DNF Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Goodreads Challenge:
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Read A Book Based Off Of Loving The Cover: Failed

Husband’s Choice: Failed

#TheCursedBookClub: Stalking Jack the Ripper

#OurLostLibrary: 
Free Choice: Existence
Buddy Read + Reread: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Female Author + Diverse Read: When Dimple Met Rishi
Recently Added: More Than This

I read 18 novels
A total of 4905 pages
163 pages read per day
An average star rating of 4


Let me know your favorite read this month!

Happy reading!

Until next time,

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Fostering Cats: Update #1 Bugsy

I was trying to figure out how to start this post, but I’ll just come right out with the amazing news:

Bugsy got adopted!

On Tuesday, his new forever human (also the lady that original found him and brought him to the rescue) came to pick him up! I was so happy, but guys…

I did not expect it to be so HARD! I knew I would be attached to all the cats, but Holy Hannah I thought I was going to start crying right there. Obviously I’m projecting, but I couldn’t help but think he looked almost betrayed. Like he was asking me why he had to leave. It was sad. I spent the night watching Kitten Lady videos to keep telling myself that the point of fostering is Good-bye.

I’m hoping it’ll get easier and I’m hoping that documenting this experience and all the cats will help me remember. I may have only had Bugsy for four days, but I definitely got attached to that little cutie. I know he’ll be happy in his forever home and he’s going back to see some of the cats he got attached to before he came into care. He’s going to rule his little roost.


One thing I wanted to touch on was a question that I got in the comments in the last post. I answered it there, but I’ll answer it here as well. When I said ‘foster failing’ that is in no way a bad thing. A foster fail is when the foster family adopts the cat in care. The term itself is more of an inside joke within rescues than anything else. But it’s not frowned upon. If you’re in the position to adopt, by all means, foster fail away. But I know with my situation, with my current senior kitty with so many medical problems, bringing another cat into the house permanently is not the best thing at all. So as much as I would of loved to keep Bugsy, his place is with his new human<3


So now that my first foster is off to live out the rest of his life in spoiled bliss, it was time to get ready for the next kitty that needed my help.

Cleanliness is unbelievably important when it comes to taking care of stray or abandoned animals. As much as I’m protecting my own cats, I have to protect each and every cat that stays with me.

With Bugsy, he was in care for so long and tested negative for anything that could pass from cat to cat so I didn’t have to sanitize AS much. Normally the best thing to use would be a solution of Bleach and hot water.

This time though, I just ended up using Lysol wipes. Everything was taken apart, the bedding was washed, the hideaway, litter box, litter scoop and feeding mat were all wiped down with Lysol wipes. The food and water dishes went into the dishwasher for a nice scrub, anything that could be cleaned was cleaned.

The floor was swept and washed to get rid of any lingering litter and cat nip and then my room was sanitized and ready to be put back together.

So now I’m ready for a new foster ❤

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So as of right now, the rescue is working on trapping a kitty in need who has been living under someones porch. I will keep you updated on when I get that little guy!

Again, if you have any questions about fostering or anything at all, please ask in the comments below 🙂

Until next time!

Bree

Blog Tour|The Ghost of Glendale by Natalie Kleinman

Ghost-EBOOK-cvr TGoG (3 MB)At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything less than the deep love her parents had shared. That is, until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met before. Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.

 

 


Natale Kleinman - Author PhotoNatalie is a published novelist and short story writer whose addiction to the books of Georgette Heyer and love of The Regency have been the inspiration for her latest book, The Ghost of Glendale.

Working on the premise that you never stop learning, she goes to any and every writing event and workshop she can. In addition she attends The Write Place Creative Writing School in Hextable in Kent, one of the rewards for which is an abundant supply of cream cakes to celebrate the frequent successes of its students.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. She lives with her husband in southeast London.

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