A Stolen Heart Blog Tour

Happy Saturday!

It’s a beautiful day here in the Midwest and I’m so glad to be able to have a porch to sit on and enjoy a bit of fresh air.

Recently I was asked if I’d like to join in on a blog tour of an author who I haven’t read before and a book I hadn’t heard of until recently. I’m always up for new bookish experiences and the premise sounded very interesting.

I was sent an ARC though please note that all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen

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My Thoughts:

Luc Saint-Cyr is an Immortal has been exiled from his home planet Sempervia over thirty-four hundred years ago and has many regenerations since then. He has spent a good portion of his lives being local to his king Pietas who also used to be his lover and no matter where he goes, is always willing to be of service even when halfway across the galaxy. He’s established himself as a successful businessman, having several fleets and feels as though things may slowly be falling into place.

When Pietas requests that Luc locate a special missing child whose parents are powerful Scientists, he knows he can’t say no despite several reservations because loyalty is something that he has always tried to take seriously. Pietas stresses how important it is to find the child as soon as possible before the parents get out of hand and could have consequences. There is also the lure that if Luc is successful, Pietas will attempt to mostly leave him be.

Luc has no idea what kind of adventure he’s in for nor just how much this mission could change his life once he lays eyes on a very special child which may be just the thing that Luc needs. Sometimes life takes a person down different paths and life can be full of surprises.

This book was a fascinating mix of adventure, sci-fi, a dash of romance, intrigue, mystery and so many surprises. I’m glad to have a chance to read this book and am looking forward to reading more about this Universe.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope that your Saturday is going well and may you have many hobbies to be a welcome distraction during these strange times. I will return soon for more bookish content.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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An Everyday Hero Blog Tour

Good morning,

I hope you’re having a wonderful February and enjoying as much reading as you like. Speaking of reading, I was asked if I’d like to join in on a blog tour of a second book in a series whose previous book I read and enjoyed.

Of course I said yes because I’ve been looking forward to reading the book for some time! I would like to note that though I was given a digital ARC via Netgalley from the publisher, all thoughts are my own.

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My Thoughts:

This is the story of two people who have had their fair share of challenges to overcome, life hasn’t quite gone the way they planned and are given another chance that neither expected. It’s also a story of how much PTSD affects soldiers in a variety of different ways and the importance of having support as well as programs available to help soldiers transition from active duty to civilian life.

I loved the banter that Greer and Emmett had who weren’t afraid to speak their minds to each other and essentially gave each other kicks in the butts to start following their dreams and offering support. Emmett is missing a limb from a routine patrol gone wrong which is something he feels self conscious about but Greer shows him that there’s so much more to life than focusing on something he had no control over.

I love the bond that forms between Ally and Greer through a love of music and recognize kindred spirits in each other after some time.

My heart ached for Ally who is trying to deal with her Dad’s death while he was on active duty, several horrible fellow classmates, stress about her Mom and the added struggle of being a teenager who wants to fit in but is so angry particularly with losing her Dad.

This book kept my attention from beginning to end and I highly recommend reading this story though be prepared to have your heartstrings tugged on!

Full of humor, the power of music, a glimpse into the military, small town life, romance and the importance of family whether blood or by choice.

Looking forward to reading more books in the future!

Well that wraps up my bookish Ramblings for the time being. I hope you’re loving the books that you’ve read so far this year and staying warm particularly if you’re in an area with similar temps to MN. Thank you for dropping by and I’ll return soon with more bookworm love.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Snowy Wings Publishing: Middle Grade Blog Hop

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Good afternoon,

It has been quite the crazy week for me with vacation and it seems strange to get back into the swing of things after being away. Thankfully I have books to help me adjust and slowly get back into my schedule of work and other activities that I do on a daily basis.

Speaking of work, I was recently approached to ask if I’d like to join in on a middle grade blog hop of which I said yes because I love reading a variety of different genres and helping spread the word of unique books particularly if they have a fantastical element to them.

So without further ado, I give you my thoughts on a brief chapter sample because I like to mix things up from time to time. Thank you so much to Snowy Wings Publishing for reaching out to me!

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Synopsis:

When Natalia’s younger brother disappears while on a visit to Mexico, Natalia is certain that La Llorona, the mythical Weeping Woman, has taken him. Her friend Miguel agrees to accompany her back to Mexico in the hopes that it will help him deal with the recent death of his grandfather. But as they embark on a journey to search for the creature that has taken Natalia’s brother, it becomes apparent that the spirits Miguel had brushed aside as mere legend are very real…and they have a dark connection to his family.

My Thoughts on Chapter Two:

I found the beginning of this story to be equal parts interesting and sad. Miguel and his siblings are still trying to wrap their heads around the fact that their Grandpa who lives in Mexico has passed away who has been such an important part of their young lives and how quickly he passed in such a short amount of time. It’s amazing just how quickly things can change in a short amount of time and how hard it can be to come to terms with those changes.

Miguel then proceeds to remember how the night before he and his siblings along with a dog named Conde had walked to the store for some supplies and then that night they were all enjoying some chocolate milk. Miguel then proceeds to take his mind of things by feeding the animals and notices that Conde seems to be on edge about something.

I also found it interesting when Miguel mentioned his parents who usually seem to be fighting about something and how he really doesn’t want to have to go back with them to Texas where they live and feels guilty about leaving the ranch though friends of his Grandpa have promised to look after things while they are away.

I love how Selenia mixed two cultures in this story and how Miguel seems to find himself caught in the middle of the two. Their Grandpa is called Abuelo, some of the dialogue is in Spanish and there are glimpses of what life has been like visiting a small Mexican farm while also knowing that eventually Miguel will have to return to life in Texas, wondering what may become of the farm now that their Abuelo has passed.

After having briefly read this chapter, I am eager to read more about this book, see what adventures are to be had and hopefully learn why Conde the dog seemed so on edge. There’s so many things that I’m anxious to learn about including the local Lore and why their Abuelo passed so suddenly.

About the Author:

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Selenia Paz loves to write stories containing elements of mystery and of the supernatural. When not writing, she loves to read and run with her dogs. She received her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2010, and has been a librarian ever since. Her short story “Broken English” was the Honor winner of Lee & Low Publishing’s New Voices Award.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I can’t wait to read more by Selenia and other authors who write middle grade adventures. There’s something about them that draws me right in and love getting to know about other cultures who I haven’t read much about. Stay tuned if you’re curious about the other people participating in the blog hop!

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As a thank you for participating in our blog, we’re offering a chance to win eight (8) ebooks and two (2) paperbacks from our middle-grade authors!

  • An ebook of Something Wicked by Sarah Dale (releases Nov 2019)
  • An ebook of The Falling by T. Damon
  • An ebook of Keara’s Raven: Escape by Mindy Klasky
  • An ebook of The Missing Guardian & The Mer Queen’s Daughter by Melanie McFarlane
  • An ebook of the World of Aluvia series (Fairy Keeper, Mer-Charmer, Dragon Redeemer) by Amy Bearce
  • A paperback of Life and Death & Gods and Demons by Selenia Paz

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Please feel free to hop around and check out the other participants in this blog hop!

October 25th- YA/NA Book Divas
October 26th- Selenia Paz
October 27th- Mindy Klasky
October 28th- I Love Books and Stuff
October 29th- Amy Bearce/ The Reading Faery
October 30th- Melanie McFarlane/ Jenifer Reads
October 31st- Sarah DaleSucker for Coffe

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Orchid Throne Blog Tour

Good afternoon,

I hope you’ve had a good week and a very successful reading month. Mine has slowed down a bit but I’m still reading so I count that has winning. I was asked if I would like to review an author’s book who just happens to be one of my favorites so of course I said yes! Before I gush about the book, I would like to say that I received an advanced digitally galley from the publisher via Netgalley though all thoughts are my own.

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This is the start of a fascinating series in a world where magic is real, a viscous person has become Emperor after unfairly seizing land and destroy many lives, particularly the majority of royalty who have either been killed or turned into slaves.

Queen Euthalia has spent a good chunk of her life trying to protect her people and little corner of the world which just happens to be a beautiful tropical nation that has many interesting temptations though has worked hard to keep blood from being shed in violence. She has been engaged to the Emperor for quite some time and has tried to elude him the best that she can with some rather clever wording and hopes eventually to figure out a way to get out of the betrothal. Then she is tasked by the Emperor with holding a group of rebels until they can be sent to the Emperor himself and all of her careful plans start to fall apart.

While reading about her island, it reminded me of a more magical version of Hawaii. I loved the concept that her world mostly revolved around flowers, many of her subjects are inspired by flowers or named after flowers and it’s in general a very lush community. There’s a lot of court intrigue and a certain part of the court that’s known as the Night Court which offers quite the interesting distractions though Euthalia doesn’t partake in them because it’s all part of her plan to distract the Emperor from trying to force her to marry him.

Conri is the former Crowned Prince of Onri whose world was turned upside down when the Emperor showed up and was sent to the mines to work as a slave along with his Father and former subjects when he was just a boy. He has fought hard to get out of the terrible conditions he spent most of his childhood and teens in particularly after his Dad passes away from a combination of heartbreak and the terrible side effects of inhaling the fumes from the mine. He is determined to put an end to the Emperor’s tyranny by killing him and hopefully freeing others who are under his domain. Conri is joined in the quest by many loyal people including Sondra who is like a sister to him and the mysterious Ambrose who is a wizard and has a bird familiar. Just when things seem to start looking up for Conri, he finds himself a prisoner in Euthalia’s court and is about to have quite the changes in life yet again.

These two unlikely but powerful people have come from very different backgrounds and yet both have been under the tyranny of the Emperor in different ways. They will have to work together if they can hope to get out from under the rule of such a terrible person which will involve a marriage of convenience that could very well be the key to freedom. That is if they can come to a compromise and learn to get along.

Full of surprises, adventure, court intrigue, a dash of magic, a few rather steamy scenes at the end, the power of friendship and the determination of two people to protect those who follow them, it was such a pleasure to read this book. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book and what surprises may be in store!

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I apologize that my blog has been rather quiet lately. It’s been a busy month for me and I’ve been attempting to catch up on some books that have been on my currently reading shelf for a while. Thank you to all who visit my blog as well as my social media sites, it really means a lot and I hope to be back to normal soon.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Review of Natalie Tan’s Book of Love & Fortune

Happy Sunday,

My weekend just seemed to fly by, mostly because I had both days off and was having fun! I went to the Bookstore, did some grocery shopping and had some quality reading time.

Speaking of reading, I spent most of my Sunday caught up in a wonderful book which is actually being released tomorrow! I’m so thankful that I was lucky enough to be approved for an early copy! I would like to mention that though I received a digital ARC in exchange for a review via Edeweiss+ and the Publisher though all thoughts and ratings are completely my own.

So without further ado, I present to you one of my favorite books that I have read this year which will be available in stores this Tuesday!

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My Thoughts:

This book is a wonderful combination of magical realism, hope, Chinese tradition, delicious food, surprises and the power of a community trying to take care of each other.

Natalie was raised in Chinatown in San Francisco with her agoraphobic Mother who taught her a love of cooking though found it hard to speak of Natalie’s Grandmother or Father. When she became of age, she fought with her Mother over wanting to pursue a career via culinary school and did not speak to her Mother much over the ensuing years. Natalie fails out of Culinary School so instead travels all over the world, learning a variety of different dishes and cultures.

When she receives a call that her Mother has passed away, she moves from Montreal back to San Francisco full of regrets on not staying more in contact with her Mother and also angry with the community that she saw as not being helpful. The more time Natalie spends in the area, the more she realizes that the community has been very helpful, that it is in dire need of a miracle to not fall apart and be taken over by people who won’t appreciate the area and that her views of her Mother are much more complicated.

Natalie is given a book of recipes that her Grandmother wrote, who once ran a restaurant beneath the very place that Natalie grew up and also finds a letter where her Mother gives her blessing to follow her dreams. Over the course of the following weeks, Natalie slowly starts to piece things together about her Mother, a furry cat companion named Meimei, the community, develops friendships and just may be on the road to having found the love of her life. She also seeks comfort in cooking for herself as well as several of her neighbors after reading in her Mother’s letter that by doing this, she may be able to reopen the restaurant.

It’s not quite as easy as it seems though and the road to success can often be full of many bumps. Soon Natalie will realize that sometimes the best thing to do is believe in yourself, trust your instincts, speak your mind and try to be open to the possibilities. When a fire could possibly be the end to her dreams, it will take help in unexpected places to help Natalie see that all is not so lost and that maybe the dream of reopening her Grandmother’s restaurant may not be so impossible after all.

I loved this book so much with the healthy dash of whismy, the sense of community, romance and the many recipes that had my mouth watering. I also loved the Chinese-American aspects that were interwoven with the story and the twists that I didn’t see coming until after they happened. Natalie and Meimei are such precious beans that deserve so much love, both of whom were two of my favorite characters.

I highly recommend checking out this book particularly if you have a love of reading recipes mixed in with the storyline! I can’t wait to read more by Roselle and I would love if there would be a sequel to this story some day!

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope you have enjoyed them and may you enjoy this book as much as I have. Many of the recipes are ones that I’m curious to try out some day! I’ll be back soon with more bookworm gushing.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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A Review of The Guest Book

Good morning,

The weekend has just flown by and now it’s Monday again. Time seems to fly when I’m having fun and particularly when I’m reading, both of which I was able to do this weekend. I’ve been taking my time with a recent read because it’s quite chunky and I enjoy a good family drama from time to time. I just finished it and have attempted to order my thoughts while much of it is still fresh in my mind. This book is called The Guest Book by Sarah Blake and it took me on quite the adventure. I have done my best not to talk about any spoilers because it was just released this past Tuesday and I try not to give things away about books!

I would like to mention that I was generously sent an ARC from the publisher Flatiron Books though it doesn’t in any way influence my thoughts or opinions. So without further ado, I present to you my thoughts.

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

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This book was amazing, mysterious, heartbreaking and full of surprises. It’s a saga that spans close to one hundred years that centers around a family called the Miltons that were well off in terms of money up until the 1970s and how they would come together every summer to the island that they owned until the 1980s. Ogden and Kitty Milton bought the island in the 1920s after a tragic accident in which Ogden worried that he may lose his wife due to the circumstances. He brings her to the island in the hope that it will help them to have a fresh start with their young kids and in a way it does become a big help but also eventually becomes a place full of painful memories. It is told in multiple perspectives from family members as well as those who aren’t family but each play an interesting part in the story over the span of three generations with the perspectives often jumping back and forth from the various generations.

There are also many secrets that are kept including the death of a child that will always leave a scar, two sisters become at odds with each other particularly in their later years and eventually the grandchildren of Kitty and Ogden will have to make the decision on whether to sell the place in the hopes of being able to walk away with a bit of money or continue to attempt to keep the island going once the trust fund put in place by Ogden runs out.

There are also snapshots shown of just how stubborn people wanted to remain to things not changing in the 1930s to the mid 1950s and just how rampant racism was attempted to be pushed under the rug particularly with the Jewish community and Blacks around the circles of those with money and who were raised to always try to keep the peace. Soon it’s realized that change will happen and they could choose to either stand up and acknowledge it or be swept along in the tide. Then tragedy strikes again to the family that will haunt the first and second generation of Miltons for many years to come.

I don’t know if I can fully accurately describe this amazing book which really pulled at my heartstrings and I was often shaking my head at some of the blindness that people chose to hide behind but it was such a fascinating tale that I found myself eagerly wanting to know what would happen next.

My heart hurt for the tragic accident that happened in the beginning, also for the terrible amounts of racism that many have had to suffer over the years and for the secrets that remained for many years.

I highly recommend reading this book because it was full of a lot of interesting points, so very many fascinating aspects of a family as time went on and just how harmful some secrets can be. I’m glad though that much of the truth was revealed in the end and that there was some peace to come of it. I can’t wait to read more by this author who really has a way with words and drawing me right in!

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope my thoughts have made some sense and I’m just bowled over with emotions over all that happened in the book and how much secrets can have an affect on families. Well I am off to do more reading and hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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