Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bookish Banter: Book Vs. Audio Vs. Kindle

A little Bookish Banter to get us through.  Bookish Banter is a little bit of banter about our bookish thoughts as we have a friendly discussion over a nice cup of tea. 

Do you prefer book, audio, or kindle when reading books?


It really just depends. I like to read really short books on my kindle, and the reason for that is most of them show how long I have until I finish a book, in the bottom left of the screen. I like see how fast I can read, while still retaining the book. And so when it's like 6+ hours it almost feels discouraging.

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Which is funny, because I like to listen to long books on audio, because I can listen to them at 2x speed and still retain it. The longest book I've listened to was Ready Player One at almost 16 hours. I think the longest we have on audio currently is Winter by Marissa Meyer, at almost 24 hours. Which is insane and incredibly intimidating.

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I do also really like having physical books though, and the reason for that is A) I like to collect them. I love the way books look on my shelf, especially if it's a book I really loved, or if it's in a series. Or if the cover is pretty. I refuse to buy books on my kindle, if the cover is pretty. Because I want the physical book. And B) because I like to physically hold and smell the books. Yes, smell. Ask Jenn about that one. 

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This is such a hard question. I do all three. I love physical book! I love them so much. I love the way they look on my booshelf. I love the weight of them in my hands (or my purse) I love love love the way they smell...

 They all around make my heart pitter patter quickly... The issue I have is that my eyes are getting bad (need readers now) and physical books are just too hard for me to read without my glasses, and I really hate wearing my glasses and I lose them... often... this leads me to kindle books. 

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On the Kindle I can make the screen bright and make the font bigger. After this I have no issues reading at all. I can read my kindle for hours.... except when I need to charge it. The issue with kindle books, the room. I have an older kindle fire and I need more space. 

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Audio... Oh I love audio. I can listen to them while I do other things, including my job. I prefer them for long books or for books with lots of info dumping like fantasy. The problem with audio... they are more expensive than books. 

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So really I have no preference. I love them all and I use whatever fits my purpose at the moment. 

So do you have a preference or are you all in and take the read whichever way you can?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: Everless by Sarah Holland

EverlessTitle:  Everless 
Author:  Sara Holland
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Publishing Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Series:  Everless #1
Source: Audio
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself

This book was on my TBR way before the release date and I had the ARC, I kept putting it off last year. I finally settle down and read the book when I discovered it was on Audio. Audio just makes my life easier. I was so excited to dive into this read. I heard many wonderful things about the story. The story was good, however I had some issues that kept this book from really wowing me. 

Jules lives in a world where time is blood and blood is time. You pay with blood and earn blood. The more you pay and less you earn, the shorter your life. Draining your blood will age you. Jules has never been bled... she was too young. She is now 17 and need to find a way to pay for rent and other things that her father has been paying for. He doesn't have much time left. When her father refuses to allow her to pay she runs away to Everless. There she can work and earn time so that she may be able to save her father. Everless is not what she remembered and isn't what she thought. There are some very dark secrets in Everless and she may be smack in the middle of them all.... which of course puts her life in danger. 

This book was a good read. It had a very interesting story and I was fully invested in the story. I wanted to know what was going on, unfortunately it took a while to get there, but I enjoyed the journey for the most part. It was slow at times and I feel the book was a little longer than it needed to be. There was a lot of info dump and feelings explored. I think there may have been a little to much of this and not enough events happening. It felt it took a while to get to the point of know what was going on…. the real truth. I feel in fantasy books with a lot of information on building the world is great but there needs to be a good balance of world building, character development, and story movement. This book had 2 out of the 3. The story progressed very slow. I can say though by the end when the story did progress I was down that it was over and time for the next book… which will not be out until next year. This is one of those books I would have enjoyed more if I had the second book on hand. The ending was great… left me really yearning for the next book. Which is good. I think the second book will be so much better than this book. This was basically a build up book.

The world building was pretty amazing and it was all there. Everything I needed for world building. There wasn’t an over abundant amount and there was definitely enough for me to see and understand everything clearly. Not at first. It was revealed slowly… not too slowly though. It was just right enough to make me want to know more and have enough to see what I needed to see at the time of the story. I really liked the world in this book. I mean I didn’t like what was going on but the idea of it all was very intriguing. Not a place I want to live but was so very interesting. The world building was a plus in this book.

The characters were pretty on spot for me too. The main character was charming, interesting, and a little broken. Not so broken I couldn’t deal. She didn’t seem overly whiny but there was some things that she needed to work on. The life she lived was hard. Her father doing everything he can to keep them afloat and she wasn’t able to help in anyway. When she discovered a way to help out and do her part, she didn’t hesitate. Even when it went against her fathers wishes. She knew what she had to do…. She just didn’t know what the consequences would be. Of course this is due to secrets being kept from her.

Some of the secondary characters I liked but they were never a big part of the book. I especially liked Ina Gold. I kind of wished there would have been more of her in the book. She was a real sweetheart. Really this book was mainly about the main character and her part in everything. She had moments of interaction with other characters which was always good, but really the book is about her and her discoveries and growth.

Like I said, the only issue I really had with this book was the pacing and the lack of big moments happening until the end. It took a while to get there. The book wasn’t enjoyable but din’t have a wow factor either. Well until the end. The ending really grabbed me and for sure has me waiting anxiously for the next book.

A very slow burn til the explosion at the end type of read. If you have the patience, it’s worth the read.

Sara  HollandSara Holland grew up in small-town Minnesota among hundreds of books. She graduated from Wesleyan University and worked in a tea shop, a dentist’s office, and a state capitol building before heading to New York to work in publishing. These days, she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream. EVERLESS is her debut novel.

Review: Ghost Files 2 by Apryl Baker

The Ghost Files 2 (The Ghost Files, #2)Title: The Ghost Files Volume 2
Author: Apryl Baker
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Publishing Date: January 6th, 2014
Pages: 255
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Series: The Ghost Files
Source: Audio
Review for Ghost Files book 1

At seventeen, Mattie Hathaway has survived her mother attempting to kill her, multiple foster homes, and a serial killer. Oh, and she sees ghosts on a regular basis too. You’d think Fate would give her a break right? Umm…nope, not Mattie.
Dan Richards is the only person in the entire world Mattie trusts, but then the boy goes and breaks her heart. Mattie does what she does best, she runs and lands herself slap in the middle of a haunted house full of ghosts turned vengeful that want Mattie to join their ranks.
Only bright spot on all this? Eli Malone – the gorgeous boy with the beautiful aqua eyes that makes her feel things she’s never even imagined before. She’s not sure what to do with him, especially when Dan shows up glowering at him.
She’ll figure Eli out if she can survive the house. The ghosts are bound and determined to kill her so she’ll be one of them. Now if she can just figure out how to survive them and the demon stalking her, she might be able to decide what to do about her feelings for Dan and Eli.
That is if she can survive the night in the house.

This is the second book in the Ghost Files series. In this book Mattie joins a ghost hunter at a haunted house to try to banish the spirits

What made me pick this book up: 
It was the second one in a book I already read.

What did I like about the cover: 
I don't really care for this cover, it looks badly edited. Like a b list movie posted. Though I do like b list movies.. Anyway. I like the cover for the first one much more. The only thing this one has is some creep factor

What made me read this book: 
I read and really liked the first one. Plus we already had it on audio and it was a fast read.

What did I like the most: 
As with the first one, it was creepy and crawly and made me want more. It's a simple and quick read but still succeeded in the creep factor. Officer Dan is still one of my favorite characters, and now there's even more yummy, protective guys to love. I really like the different "types" of ghosts that are in the books as well.

What didn't I like: 
Mattie is still kind of whiny. I understand you were in the system, you had crappy homes for a bit. But I'm sorry, I think the whole ghosts thing is kind of top priority. Focus on that, not your crappy childhood. At one point, one of the other characters even pointed out how she always focuses on the negative in life, when she has so much good going for her. 
This quote right here says so much as to what I'm talking about...
“I’m a screwed up mess that no one can ever love, not really. Why did I ever let myself hope I could find a little happiness? Pointless.”

Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
Eh, yeah probably. They're quick enough reads, but I don't think I would spend money on buying them. They probably aren't anything I'll ever read again. I think I found them on kindle unlimited so I might do it that way. So I will probably read the rest eventually

I mostly liked it. Creepy and quick. I think if it was any longer of a book, I wouldn't want to read it. Because it's short I don't feel like it's a waste of time. And that's why I gave it a 4 star. Because it is a quick read.

A Little Snippet:

“According to him, people who can see ghosts the way I can are meant to be reapers after they die. Reapers help souls get from this plane to the next by navigating through The Between, a place of shades and horrors that want to consume the energy of the newly freed soul. That’s why I can see ghosts and open a doorway to The Between.” ― Apryl BakerThe Ghost Files 2

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)The Society of Imaginary FriendsCallis RoseThe Soul Summoner  (The Soul Summoner, #1)Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm, #1)

So who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.
Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there's always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled "Lord Margrave's Deception." I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.
Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something
I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

Answer Me This: The Mind of a 4 Year Old. Finn's World

Answer Me This. We are hoping this will help our friends get to know us a just a tad bit better. 
A question will be asked and answers will be given by both Ash and Jenn. We hope you enjoy getting to know us outside of the bookshelves.

Decided to switch it up a bit this time and asked Finn some random questions about his life: Here are his answers..

What's your name?
Finnlan McAde (McDaid)

How old are you?
Uhh, 4

When's your birthday?
It's another day. It's not here yet! (It's August 15th)

What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Boiled eggs, grapes, and a smoovie! (Smoothie)

What show were you watching before breakfast?
Puppy Dog Pals and then Vampirina

What are you going to do today?
Watch TV then go to Mamaw's

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A chef!

How old is momma?
I don't know. You look 15. (Sadly that's not the first time I've been told that.. today..)

Where does momma work?
I don't know, you just work with puppies! (I work at a dog boarding center)

How tall is momma? 
8 (8 What?? Feet?? Inches??)

What is something momma always says to you?
I love you to finity and yond! (To infinity and beyond)

How does momma make you laugh?
When you read the silly monster book with the silly monster who sticks his tongue out

What is momma really good at?
Reading books!

What makes you happy?
Ria being my best friend. And going to her house

What makes you sad? 
When Ria runs away from me, and she's not in my class

What are you really good at?
Chasing you!

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Going fast!

Do you like school?
Yeah!!! Because of Ria. But I don't have school today.

What do you learn in school? 
Different things. How to cut paper (Makes scissor motion with hands) and letters. But I really want Ria in my class.

Show me your happy face!
Show me your silly Face!
Show me your mad face!
Show me your evil face!
Show me your excited face!

And there you have it. Just a little glimpse into the mind of a 4 year old.

Waiting on Wednesday: This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Jenn's Pick: I Can't wait to have my hands on this!

To Kill a Kingdom
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo 

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

I have heard so many great things about this book. Honestly, this last week was the first time I really saw this book and when I read some early reviews... I was like must have! I really need this ASAP. The cover is beautiful and dark and the story sounds amazing. This is one I need for my bookshelf and to read. 

Ash's Pick: I need to read this NOW! 

This Tiny Perfect WorldThis Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi
February 27th, 2018

A contemporary “clean teen” coming-of-age story about a small-town girl who opens her eyes to life’s endless possibilities
When Penny wins a scholarship to a prestigious theater camp, she thinks it’s the start of a perfect summer. But when she arrives at camp, Penny is thrust into a world of competition and self-doubt. And as she meets new friends, including Chase, a talented young actor with big-city dreams, she begins to realize that her own dreams may be bigger than she ever imagined.

Look at this cover! LOOK AT IT! The cover looks beautiful, and that's what made me want to read it the most. The story sounds awesome too, but really. Look at that cover.

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