Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Graphic Novel Review of The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill

Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley

Synopsis: "From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own."


My Review: This book originally came to my attention when I was watching Super Space Chick on youtube with her Bookcon haul. I was immediately attracted to it because of the title and the cover, it sounded like something right up my alley. This was a very cute graphic novel, I don't know if it will be a standalone or a series (I really hope it is a series). It is a unique fantasy world with some different traditions and history, while not 100% clear was still filled out enough to enjoy the current storyline. The illustration in this book is stunning, I loved the cute style and no-line coloring that softens the edges and gives it a more mystical appearance. The characters and story are so perfect for me, I loved them all and I so want a tea dragon now!!
 

My Rating: This had such a unique idea and and characters, I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it and I really hope that it leads to all kinds of fan art and more books.  I can't help but give this a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!


I received Tea Dragon Society via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

To find out more about Katie O'Neill and her work you can check out her Goodreads Page or Website


The release day for The Tea Dragon Society is October 31st, so be sure to pre-order your copy in print or digital format from Amazon or in print format from Barnes & Noble or request it through your local bookseller or comic book store!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review of The Lost Pony of Riverdale by Amanda Wills with review of Bonus Poppy's Diary

Read for: Recent Adds

Synopsis: "Poppy McKeever is reluctant to move to an old cottage on Dartmoor - until she discovers that her new home comes complete with its own pony.

But life at Riverdale is not as straight-forward as it seems, especially when Poppy spies a flash of white in the woods next to the cottage.

Her stepmother Caroline is acting strangely and her adrenalin-junkie brother Charlie is on the hunt for big cats. But will Charlie's obsession drive the two children into dangerous territory?

And when Poppy is faced with a terrible dilemma - to save her brother or the pony she has always longed for - who will she choose?

The Lost Pony of Riverdale is an equestrian adventure book about friendship, ponies and horse riding. "


My Review: Of course I want to read it, there is a horse on the cover! This turned out to be a very good book, and enjoyable for adults to read even though it is geared towards a middle grade audience. I was able to really connect with the characters and quickly became involved with the story. I absolutely adore Charlie, he is so fun and energetic. I also found myself more curious about the Dartmoor ponies and the way the herds are managed. A fun book for horse lovers but it has so much more to offer than horses.

My Rating: This was a fun book and I could imagine that I would have quickly become obsessed with it if I was younger.  I may still continue the series but it isn't at the top of my list (but a box set of the series would make an awesome Christmas gift for a young horse obsessed girl).  I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.




Synopsis: "Poppy dreams of showjumping success on her beloved Connemara, Cloud.
But one thing stands in her way. Stage fright.
Can she ever overcome her fears?
Find out as she lays her soul bare in this exclusive free e-book."


My Review: This was a free download for readers of the first book in the series. It was a quick read and a nice book to bridge the gap between books. You get to see how Cloud and Poppy are getting on as he heals and she learns more riding skills. All of the relative characters from the first book also make an appearance. Even if you are not going to read the rest of the series, this is a great book just to bring everything to a close.

My Rating: I really liked how this gave us a glimpse of after the end of the first book, it really brought some closure since I don't plan on continuing the series (at least for now). There are a lot of terms in it that may be off putting to non-horse people but for those of us who are it was great to know that the author really paid attention to those details.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Reading List



Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!




Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

One Summer Night by Caridad Pineiro


 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Lost Pony of Riverdale
Poppy's Diary
Loving the Billionaire
Merry and Bright
Go to Sleep Mom
Her Dark Curiosity


Currently Reading:

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - Print - on page 265 of 435



 Books to be Read Soon:



Pages Read/ Time Listened
222:37 Hours (about 8+ Days) Listened (12:52 listened this week)
44,792 Pages Read (666 this week)

Books Added to Shelves Recently TBR
Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
How to Tame a Willful Wife by Christy English
New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
And I Darken by Kiersten White
World Mythology in Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels
Eliza and Her Monster by Francesca Zappia
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Frogkisser by Garth Nix
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The Beast's Garden by Kate Forsyth
Addie on the Inside by James Howe
Also Known as Elvis by James Howe
Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley
New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns
Puss Without Boots by Shari L. Tapscott
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Saints Blood by Sebastien de Castell
P.O. Box Love by Paola Calvetti
Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Nomansland by Lesley Hauge
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by various authors
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
The Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor
Luin the Sapphire by Rich Feitelberg
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
Realm of the Gods by Tamora Pierce
The Winter King by CL Wilson
The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai
Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
As You Wish  by Chelsea Sedoti
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff
The Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock
Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Every Little Thing by Marie Force
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Klaus by Grant Morrison
Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Lost Pony of Riverdale by Amanda Wills
Poppy's Diary by Amanda Wills
Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan



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Wow, the weekend is already over?!  It was so crazy last week, a short week at the office and then of course because I was going away Munchkin ended up getting sick on Thursday.  Then it was off to Fall In Love With New England romance convention which was such a fun time (and relaxing). I can't believe it is already over and it is back to reality.  Due to all of that I wasn't able to get my posts scheduled ahead of time like usual and I do apologize for the radio silence but it just means I have a lot of fun things coming up for you!

I had best get caught up on my work so I can get some reading time in this week. Have a great week everyone!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review of One Summer Night by Caridad Pineiro

Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley & Meeting her at FILWNE 

Synopsis: "Smart, mainstream contemporary romance from bestselling author Caridad Pineiro. Millions of people visit the Jersey Shore every year, for beaches, boardwalks, sand, sun, and summer fun. This romantic series features families that go back generations on the shore, their ties to New York City, and their love for the Shore, and each other.

An offer that's impossible to accept...

Maggie Sinclair has tried everything to save her family's business, including mortgaging their beloved beach house on the Jersey shore. But now, she's out of options.

The Sinclair and Pierce families have been neighbors and enemies for almost thirty years. That hasn't stopped Owen Pierce from crushing on Maggie, and he's determined to invest in her success. Now he has to convince her that he's more than just trouble with a capital T..."


My Review: I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have a few books by Pineiro waiting to be read on my shelf and I will be meeting her at the Fall in Love with New England convention coming up this weekend, so I really wanted to read her most recent release first. While the title denotes to summer, the setting is more of a fall to winter setting, which was perfect for me. It was a little predictable with a lot of the familiar issues that arise in contemporary romance to put a road block up in the couple's path. With that said, Pineiro did turn the marriage of convenience on its head a bit and that was great to see. I did enjoy the characters, and really connected with Maggie's go get them, all business attitude, but I must say that some of the side characters really captured my attention. I really enjoyed Jonathan and the brother relationship with Owen was fantastic, I am also a little attached to Carlo already and can't wait to get to that book.

My Rating: While this was a great romance for this time of year and I enjoyed the setting and characters, I just was never really able to fully settle into the story. I kept picking it up and putting it down so it took me far longer than normal to read.  I give this one a rating of Three Paws.


I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

You can find out more about Caridad Pineiro and her work on her Goodreads Page or Website.

One Summer Night was just released on October 3rd and you can obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon or print format from Barnes & Noble or check with your favorite local bookstore (if they don't have it you can ask, my local bookstore is always happy to order copies of books for me).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It's Not Monday Reading List



Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!




Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Animalia by Graeme Base (Bedtime Story)
Huntress: Crossbow at the Crossroads by Paul Levitz (Graphic Novel)


 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

The Shadow Glass
One Summer Night
Madman's Daughter
Language of Thorns
Northlanders Vol. 5: Metal & Other Stories
Frankenstein Underground
She and Her Cat
Klaus
We Love Soccer


Currently Reading:

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - Print - on page 265 of 435
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd - Audio - 15%


 Books to be Read Soon:



Pages Read/ Time Listened
209:45 Hours (about 8+ Days) Listened (12:50 listened this week)
44,126 Pages Read (1,523 this week)

Books Added to Shelves Recently TBR
Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
How to Tame a Willful Wife by Christy English
New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
And I Darken by Kiersten White
World Mythology in Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels
Eliza and Her Monster by Francesca Zappia
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Frogkisser by Garth Nix
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The Beast's Garden by Kate Forsyth
Addie on the Inside by James Howe
Also Known as Elvis by James Howe
Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley
New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns
Puss Without Boots by Shari L. Tapscott
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Saints Blood by Sebastien de Castell
P.O. Box Love by Paola Calvetti
Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Nomansland by Lesley Hauge
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by various authors
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley
The Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
The Nothing Girl by Jodi Taylor
Luin the Sapphire by Rich Feitelberg
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
Realm of the Gods by Tamora Pierce
The Winter King by CL Wilson
The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Hope by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere
The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
She and Her Cat by Makoto Shinkai
Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
As You Wish  by Chelsea Sedoti
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff
The Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock
Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Every Little Thing by Marie Force
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Klaus by Grant Morrison
Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Lost Pony of Riverdale by Amanda Wills
Poppy's Diary by Amanda Wills
Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan



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Finally I had some time to breath this last weekend! I was supposed to be on vacation all last week but it was just too crazy to take time away, but I did manage to take Friday off.  In fact it was so busy I wasn't able to get much reading done all last week until the weekend. I had participated in two different readathons, first was Book Busters, which I failed at and wasn't able to get 2 of the 5 books planned completed.  I also participated in a Get Graphic readathon for graphic novels over the weekend and that one went much better and I managed to read 5 of the 6 graphic novels I had planned.  I was also able to get a little time in for some crafting yesterday during the holiday. It was all much needed down time! 

This week is going to be another crazy week it is obviously a short week in the office which is always super busy and stressful. I also am taking Friday off and heading up to the Fall in Love with New England romance author/ reader convention. I attended last year with a friend of mine and we had so much fun we had to go again this year!!

I really can't believe we are so far into October already, there is so much I want to do and read still this year!

Hope you are all having fun reading adventures!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Graphic Novel Review of Huntress: Crossbow at the Crossroads by Paul Levitz

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge

Synopsis: "As the last survivor of a crime family eliminated by bloody rivalries among the mobs of Gotham City, the orphaned Helena Bertinelli grew into the mysterious vigilante known as the Huntress. Huntress creator, Paul Levitz, returns in this action packed journey through the bowels of Italy's most deadly crime syndicates. Huntress sets out to uncover and destroy a deadly human trafficking and gun-smuggling operation that extends to the highest reaches of the government."

My Review: So this one looked intriguing and I thought it may have been a stand alone since it wasn't numbered, well clearly there is more to the story. If I hadn't read the synopsis I wouldn't have known who the Huntress was, how she came to be or what exactly she was trying to do. This one felt very incomplete even the story itself, there are scenes and characters that jump around a lot and it really isn't clear what is going on. I do like the premise of it though, a woman saving other woman from human trafficking, it just could have been executed better.


My Rating: I wasn't as thrilled with this one as I had hoped, it seems to really be a trend even for non main stream super heroes to have incomplete stories that you really have to hunt for.  I give it a rating of Two Paws.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Bedtime Story: Animalia by Graem Base

  
Read for: Children's Book Challenge



Synopsis: "An alphabet book with fantastic and detailed pictures, bearing such labels as Lazy lions lounging in the local library.."

My Review: I remember this book when I was a kid (I don't know if it was at school, the library or a family member's house), and I would just gaze at the pictures finding little things in each one. I happened to come across a signed limited edition copy and had to snatch it up for munchkin. The illustrations are as stunning as ever and the alliteration while fun for young kids to hear is sometimes a real tongue twister! Munchkin and I had a lot of fun finding images hidden in the pictures, though I hope I can find a key somewhere online because there are a few things that I am not sure what they are supposed to be. This is a great one for rainy or snowy days to sit for hours looking at.

My Rating: I really enjoyed this little trip down memory lane and Munchkin had a lot of fun with it too. This is definitely a great classic to have on every kid's shelf.  We give it a rating of Four Paws!


Good Night! Sweet Dreams!