Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dewey's Fall Readathon Signup

Woohoo! It is almost time for the Fall Dewey's Readathon, it feels like it was just a month ago I was participating in the Spring Readathon.  This one is scheduled for three weeks from now on October 18th.  To find out more and to sign up yourself visit Dewey's Page
I am going to have to juggle a few things this year.  I have already informed Hubby that I am taking my anniversary gift of a Munchkin Free Day on this date.  But I just also found out it is the same day as the Rhode Island Children's Book and Author Festival that I really want to go to, so I guess I will be reading books and attending at least some of the festival (it will be much easier once I find out the schedule).
So I guess I better start putting together my reading list:
So there is just a quick preliminary list, I have a bunch of books I want to read and am going to start reading books for my December Advent Reads event so I can plan ahead.  These next few months are going to be insane!
So are you going to read for the readathon? Any special books planned?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bedtime Story: The Three Little Pigs adapted by Walt Disney Company

Synopsis: "Linen Textured Pages with Vintage Artwork used When Story was Originally Written in 1935"

My Review: I love that Disney released several of these vintage style children's books. The thick pages are safe for Munchkin to look at and the illustrations take me back to my own childhood. Of course the classic story is one to share from generation to generation. Munchkin loved it and would huff and puff and blow with me and got an absolute kick out of the "chinny chin chin" part.
My Rating: I love being able to share classics with Munchkin and him enjoy them, especially the illustrations. We give this a rating of Four Paws.
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

After Dark Review of The Destroyer by Jianne Carlo

I have added After Dark Reviews to my blog as a way of notifying you of a review of a book with Adult themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for late night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)
Synopsis: "To Viking warrior Magnus, marriage is naught but a contract, a bargain between men for land and title. Lust, love—he scorns such notions as weak and unmanly. But three days before he’s to wed a highland princess, he falls into the maelstrom of a maid’s startled eyes. Their passionate tryst has him rethinking his notions, and he struggles to find a way to keep the beguiling Deidra while honoring the marriage contract he’s arranged with the father of his betrothed.

Deidra cannot take a walk in the forest without finding a wounded dove. Devoted to her menagerie of injured bears, peacocks, and wolves, she vows to disobey her Da when he betroths her to the Norse warrior known as the Destroyer. Until, disguised as a maid, she’s rescued from a would-be rapist by the Destroyer himself. How can any call him ugly or cruel? For he treats her as if she is made of spun glass, and teaches her the magikal pleasures of the flesh.

But Magnus is furious when he learns the woman he’s fallen so deeply for is none other than his betrothed. For there’s nothing he despises more than a deceitful female...except, perhaps, two of them..."

My Review: I really am liking these characters but I feel so lost each time I start a new book in this series, its like I am coming while the story is already in progress. This on in particular I really wanted to know more about Deirdra's back story, she lives in the north but has 3 aging tigers?! How where did she get them? So many unanswered questions. But like the rest in the series I am definitely satisfied with the steamy end of things, definitely no lacking of description there. I believe there is one more in the series and while I will enjoy it I think I might be okay with the series being over.
My Rating: I am becoming increasingly irritated with the lack of back story on these fantastic characters! These books could all easily be full length novels that are thoroughly enjoyable.  For that reason I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review of Blaze of Glory by M. Garzon

Synopsis: "Last year, I had it all. Two jumpers on the show circuit, a lot of wins, and a lot of attention - the good kind. But now I have nothing. My life is circling the drain. The only spark of light that exists for me is my new, forbidden passion. If my stepfather finds out, he will kill me. My twin brother, my only blood relative in the world, has already begged me not to. But I can't help myself. If it can't be horses, it has to be this."

My Review: Well I am kind of stumped on this one. I was all about it until about halfway and then it really started dragging for me. Tea really started getting on my nerves with her immaturity and the story really lagged for a while, not to mention the object of the title was definitely not a real part of the story after the first quarter of the book. That said I really enjoyed Jaden and Seth, they were fantastic characters. It was a much longer book than needed to be and I was honestly a little glad it was over. It may appeal to other readers, maybe those who enjoy the new adult genre but it wasn't for me and I won't be continuing the series.
My Rating: I was looking forward to this book but it just didn't hold up to my hopes. I think maybe jumper show circuit books just aren't for me as almost every one that I have read was a drama filled disappointment for me.  I give it a rating of Two Paws.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Goodreads First Reads - Winner!

I don't think I have done one of these posts before but I should have when I won A Marriage Carol last year.  Anyway . . .
Have you checked out the Goodreads Giveaway page? If not you definitely should! Granted the times you don't win outweigh the times you win but it is a great way to find some new and interesting books and maybe get the opportunity to receive it in the mail (and I tell you there is nothing better than being surprised by a book in the mail).
I have been truly fortunately recently and have won two new books in the past month and they fit perfectly into my Equine reading challenge.
First is Painted Horses by Malcom Brooks
Seriously?! Look at that cover!! I also think it will go well with the book I just finished, Eighty Dollar Champion which is a horse book also set in the 50s, so some of the history will still be fresh.
The second I received while on vacation (what a nice package to open when I was only expecting a pile of bills)
Daniel's Esperanza by Veronica Randolph Batterson
I am really excited to read this one! One of the items on my bucket list is to see a mustang in the wild, and potential by the time I get to see this sanctuaries might be the only place to go.
So have you entered any giveaways?! If you haven't won yet, don't give up hope. If you read the rules they do say that they have the right to choose a winner who is active on goodreads so get you reviews in.

Monday, September 22, 2014

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

The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts (Audio)
The Peacemaker by Jianne Carlo (After Dark)
Frankie Works the Night Shift by Lisa Westberg Peters (Bedtime Story)
The Unwritten Vol. 1 by Mike Carey (Graphic Novel)

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

In the Hand of the Goddess

Currently Reading:

My Heart to Yours by Michelle Zarrin - PB - on page 15 of
Enchanted No More by Robin D. Owens - PB - on page 32 of 425

 Books to be Read Soon:

Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes
Behind You by Carly M. Duncan (Requested Review)

Interesting Tidbits from the Web:



So as I suspected I didn't get any reading done while on vacation! Gosh I hate that, I always look forward to them thinking I will get a bunch of reading done, especially with grandparents to look after Munchkin but no go.  I am also light on reviews for this week since I have been re-reading a lot of books from childhood and teen years to share with you next month.
Vacation was good, granted of my 7 day vacation, 3 1/2 was spent traveling (this is what I get for having family live in the boondocks). Munchkin had a blast visiting Grandma and Grandpa, Auntie & Uncle, as well as meeting his little cousin G and Great Grandma and Great Grandpa.
Grandpa with Munchkin and Cousin
4 Generations
visiting Grandpa's work
traveling was exhausting but at least he slept for most of the plane rides & car rides!