My Recent Bookish Mail!

Good evening,

This month I put myself on a book buying limit which hasn’t been easy to follow but I’ve done fairly well which I set as the max of 5 physical books. Other than receiving two books in this month’s OwlCrate, I did it!

I love this month’s Entertainment magazine which happens to feature Jamie from the Outlander series and this one is about Voyager (Book 3), I’m so excited for September 10th when it airs!!! Maybe I’ll do a reread of the books that have been released to Starz soonish!!!

 

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So good to see Jamie again!!!

Bookish mail I’ve received this month is a paper ARC of In Pieces by Danielle Pearl.

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It’s such a pretty cover and I’m excited to read what it’s about. I’m so thankful to get an early copy and plan to dive in soon.

The next three are from @bookoutlet which are The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

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(would you look at that pretty cover and I love the book dress!!)

Song of Ireland by Juilene Osborne-McKnight (I couldn’t say no because it’s about Ireland and can never have enough books about the Celts).

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Such a neat looking cover which is really what drew me along with the title.

Lastly is Wild Wood by Posie Graeme-Evans

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I went to a huge B&N near my sister this Spring where she met up with me and this book was sitting in the discounted section. Come to find out, it wasn’t discounted so I put it back because it wasn’t in my book budget for that month. So I snatched it up when I saw it on Book Outlet.

Next month, I’ll probably go book wild because it’s my birthday month but we’ll see . Also if you’re curious, I’ve been reading this trio of books because Sundays are just great for reading!

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Thank you for stopping by to read about my bookish ramblings. I’m so thankful to have received the arcs I have lately whether physical or digital. I can’t wait to dive into all of them and share my thoughts! Now I’m off to get immersed in a story about pirates and magic!!

Slainte

~Meg

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Highlanders and Coffee!!

Happy Sunday!

It’s a great day to read about Highlanders and enjoy a cup of Cameron’s Highlander Grogg!

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I reached out to a rep for Amy Jarecki who writes on of my new favorite series which is Lord’s off The Highlands.

Previously I had reached out when there was a sign up for a chance to win an ARC of The Highland Duke which I was so very lucky to receive a copy of!

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Ahhh look at that cover!!

So when I found out about her third book being released, I decided to reach out again. Well was so very fortunate to get a response saying there would be a sign up soon but if I’d like, could be sent a copy early. Of course I jumped at the chance because I couldn’t wait and I wanted it in my hands asap!

Two days ago, I received a paper ARC which arrived quickly and it so made my day! My collection is complete and I love all of the covers!! What’s not to like with handsome Highlanders in kilts and weapons?!

I realized I didn’t have her second book which is The Highland Commander so went to my local B&N which I got just before Highland Guardian came & voila!

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Say hello to Aiden Murray! I love the background of the ocean and a case which makes sense since he’s a Navy Lieutenant!

I plan to eventually pick up The Highland Duke in its fully finished form soon & The Highland Guardian when it’s released. I love having the ARCs as well and am so grateful to get this opportunity to read before release day!

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My complete collection! I am one very happy bookworm right now, can’t wait to devour my new books and then reread again.

Have a wonderful Sunday and please feel free to tune in soon to read more about my bookish ramblings!

Slainte

~Meg

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Magpie’s Song Review

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I’ve been meaning to update my blog recently but alas I’ve been really busy with work which means I haven’t been able to read as much as I’d like but on the bright side, I have been doing some reading. Recently I finished a book that was in one of my favorite genres which is Steampunk! I think it may be classified as more than that but there’s mechanical dragons, automatons and horseless carriages so I’m just going to revel in the Steampunk aspects! So without further ado, I present to you:

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I just love the cover and I hope to have a physical copy soon! I generously received an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Going into this book, I didn’t know a lot about it which is a good thing because then I didn’t have a mind set as to how I thought the story would be and I was able to enjoy it a lot more without expectations.

Magpie is a nineteen year old Moon Child which is a person who has light blonde hair, very fair skin and judged harshly as apparently much of society sees these people as the oddballs living in the Warrens. Her kind is harshly judged because they are immune to a disease known as The Rot that is essentially the Wasting Disease. It’s a very poor, run down area. Meridions are considered High Society and live in a huge city that floats above the town that Magpie lives in and then there’s also Brightstone which is a cross between middle and lower class. She hasn’t had an easy life but she doesn’t complain about it and instead has found a way to survive in such a harsh world where food is often scarce, being able to escape out of tricky situations is essential and having street smarts is required if you plan to reach adulthood.

She comes across a mechanical mini Dragon while salvaging to make money with her best friend Sparrow at her side which is apparently from Meridion and eventually leads to a whole heap of trouble. What trouble you say? You’ll have to read to find out! I don’t know about you but I don’t usually like to read about spoilers and because this book hasn’t been out long, I don’t want to give too much away because that would be spoiling the fun. I will say that you may need some tissues for some parts of the book!
I seriously adore Magpie and Ghost who have had their own share of hardships but work so well together. I can’t tell yet if there will be a romance there but it certainly has potential!

The mechanical dragon is so adorable and smart with a bit of a temper. It is fiercely protective of Mags and somehow manages to escape when in a locked room.

This book was a fascinating mix of Steampunk, adventure, friendship, unexpected allies, a dash of heartbreak and lots of surprises.

It was such a pleasure to read this book and I look forward to reading more in this series!

So I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on this fascinating book and highly recommend you checking it out especially if reading about Steampunk is your thing.

In other bookish news, I am in the middle of a couple of readathons which I’m not doing very well at due to working a lot but I am trying to read more so that’s a start. If you’re curious about what readathons I’m a part of, you can find out more here:

*Tome Topple Readathon with my list of what I hope to get to, but will be lucky to get to one before the end date here: Instagram

*Readathin– this is a readathon where you try to read some of the books from your to be read list pile (which I have a lot of) and I’ve posted my tentative pile on Instagram

*Austentatious Book Club – this bookclub was founded by one of my favorite YouTube Booktubers a little over a year ago and though I’m a year behind, decided to attempt to read Jane Austens novels month by month. I have a really pretty Pride and Prejudice edition that you can look at here: Instagram

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. If you’d like to join in on the readathons I’ve posted, feel free whether you choose to do the challenges for the sake of reading, participate in the fun attached to it or put it on your list of things to do some day. Thank you so much for stopping by and I will be back soon with more bookish ramblings.

Slainte

~Meg

Booktubeathon 2017

Hi everyone,

Day 5 of #booktubeathon2017 and I’ve just completed two books so far. I feel that I’m really lagging because my plan was to read a book a day but I’m reading more than I’ve been lately and I’m halfway through my Day 3 book which is Alice In Wonderland which I’m loving! I finished The Selection today and wow… I should have binged read that series when all three were released! I now have all three because I bought the third one today! Eventually I’ll buy the next generation so to speak too. It kind of reminds me of The Bachelor with the Maxon trying to choose who will be his bride but so much better because the lucky Lady gets to become royalty! I’ll do a review soon about my thoughts.
So anyways, I’ve read a bit of all the books I’ve mentioned in my daily posts and I am planning to read a bit of my day 7 book called Rising Fire by Terri Brisbin because it’s a random one and I have all the books in that series soooo I can binge read that one too.

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That cover still hits me right in the feels. Actually each of the covers in the trilogy are amazing and I’ll show you the rest also soon.

My Current pages count: 738

Books I’m currently reading:

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Also, food I was snacking on while taking this picture!

Not a bad amount of pages considering I’ve been working every day of Booktubeathon a little over eight hours a day except for Wed. Tomorrow afternoon and all day Sunday I’ll have off so let the reading marathon start soonish! Realistically I probably won’t read all 7 books this week but I’m trying my best and reading so win! I haven’t been doing any of the video challenges but I have done most of the Instagram Challenges.
Best of luck to everyone and even if you don’t feel like participating, I hope you’re able to read more than usual if you so want to!

Now I’m off to hopefully finish Alice and bed so I can somewhat drag myself out of and off to work.

Slainte

~Meg
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A Double Review: Egyptian Mythology and Scottish Dukes!

Good afternoon,

I recently finished two books and decided to combine them because sometimes I just enjoy writing about two different books in one post! Both of these books I was very fortunate to receive the physical ARCs of and I’d love to read the next books in the series when they are announced! Also both of these books were just released yesterday!

So without further ado, my reviews:

The Intuitives

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I generously received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was so addicting that I finished it in less than two days. I couldn’t wait to find out what the Homeland Security wanted with a group of six kids and then later to learn of their special abilities.

It started out with an Egyptian man named Amr with archaologists at the Tomb of Alexander the Great and something is let loose but it’s not revealed until later.
I loved learning about different mythological creatures, how an unlikely group of kids learned how to work together and finally learning a bit about what was going on.

It was frustrating trying to figure out why the kids were brought to a boarding school of sorts to learn about their unconscious abilities but that’s a good thing because I couldn’t pull myself away. I spent most of my Sunday devouring this book (a little over 300 pages after I read an initial 120) and was surprised when reaching the end. This book was that good and I haven’t read over three hundred pages in one day in a long time. When the truth behind why these kids were gathered together was revealed, I was so excited!

This unlikely band of young adults are smart, quick learners and very talented. They figured out a good portion of what they could do before Amr comes clean and explains what’s going on.
This book was a fascinating mix of mystery, adventure, humor, magic and the power of believing in the unexpected.
From the way it ended, I really hope there’s a sequel because I want to know more and see what next adventure could be around the corner! If you like a bit of Egyptian myth tossed in with the modern world, you’ll really enjoy this book. Plus there’s an adorable Gryphon!

Too Scot To Handle

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Those covers are so pretty, I want  them all!

Excerpt:

He’d taken care that this kiss be private, and thus unhurried.

    Anwen liked the unhurried part exceedingly. Lord Colin held her not as if she were frail and fragile, but as if she were too precious to let go. His arms were secure about her, and he’d tucked in close enough that she could revel in his contours—broad chest, flat belly, and hard, hard thighs, such as an accomplished equestrian would have.

    Soft lips, though. Gentle, entreating, teasing…

    Anwen teased him back, getting a taste of peppermint for her boldness, and then a taste of him.

    “Great day in the morning,” he whispered, right at her ear. “I won’t be able to sit my horse if you do that again with your tongue.”

    She did it again, and again, until the kiss involved his leg insinuated among the folds and froths of her riding habit, her fingers toying with the hair at his nape, and her heart, beating faster than it had at the conclusion of their race.

    “Ye must cease, wee Anwen,” Lord Colin said, resting his cheek against her temple. “We must cease, or I’ll have to cast myself into yonder water for the sake of my sanity.”

    “I’m a good swimmer,” Anwen said. “I’d fish you out.” She contemplated dragging a sopping Lord Colin from the Serpentine, his clothes plastered to his body….

    “Such a sigh,” he said, kissing her cheek. “If ye’d slap me, I’d take it as a mercy.”

    “I’d rather kiss you again.” And again and again and again. Anwen’s enthusiasm for that undertaking roared through her like a wild fire, bringing light, heat, and energy to every corner of her being.

    “You are a bonfire in disguise,” he said, smoothing a hand over her hair. “An ambush of a woman, and you have all of polite society thinking you’re the quiet one.” He peered down at her, his hair sticking up on one side. “Am I the only man who knows better, Anwen?”

    She smoothed his hair down, delighting in its texture. Red hair had a mind of its own, and by the dawn’s light, his hair was very red.

    “No, you are not the only one who knows better,” she said, which had him looking off across the water, his gaze determined.

    “I’m no’ the dallyin’ kind,” he said, taking Anwen’s hand and kissing it. “I was a soldier, and I’m fond of the ladies, but this is… you mustn’t toy with me.”

    Everlasting celestial trumpets. “You think I could toy with you?”

    “When you smile like that, you could break hearts, Miss Anwen Windham. A man wouldn’t see it coming, but then you’d swan off in a cloud of grace and dignity, and too late, he’d realize what he’d missed. He wouldn’t want to admit how foolish he’d been, but in his heart, he’d know: I should ne’er have let her get away. I should have done anything to stay by her side.”

    I am a bonfire in disguise. “You are not the only one who knows my secret. I know better now too, Colin.” She went up on her toes and kissed him. “It’s our secret.”

My thoughts on this wonderful book:

I generously received this book in exchange for an honest review. I’ve had a physical copy of this book for quite some time but I put off reading it until close to the release date because then there’d be less time to wait for the next book in the series. Bookworm logic…

This book was such a pleasure to read and I was drawn in from the beginning. Anwen is one of my favorites in the family who is just as passionate about saving the Orphanage she volunteers at as she is about her family.

Anwen is the youngest daughter, was very sick as a child which resulted in her family nearly smothering her with trying to keep her in excellent health since then, is smarter than the idiot foppish men who try to talk down to her and has a fiery nature with a big heart. She loves and protects the orphans under her care as though they’re her children and will put anyone in their place who tries to hurt them.

Colin is the second of seven kids, Scottish, a former Captain in the army, loving brother and a recently titled gentleman who is fiercely protective of those he cares for. A chance encounter with the usually quiet Anwen causes him to see that there’s more than meets the eye of the red headed lass.

These two unlikely people find themselves drawn to each other, working to save the Orphanage and attempting to ignore the growing attraction. Love will find a way though and what a Windham woman wants, good luck with stopping her!

Things are about to get more complicated though as jealousy rears its ugly head with a handful of fops that started with a drunken joke and snowballs into something much bigger. It will take patience, cunning and honesty to not only set things right but send the foolish fops on their merry way.

Full of humor, loveable urchins, the wonder of family, steamy scenes tossed into the mix and Scots which all add up to a wonderful novel. I’m so glad I read this book and can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Plus Anwen and Colin together are so adorable!! I love how honest and loving they are though good a great job of hiding their affections for a while.

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I’ll be spending today reading and hopefully finishing two other books before bed. I’m so glad I get to have a day to marathon read especially since it’s a rainy day.

So I’m off to curl up with a cup of hot tea and read. I will be back soon to update on my reading progress and other bookish thoughts. Please feel free to stock back, the more bookworms the better! May you always have a book nearby and lots of room to put your books!

Slainte

~Meg

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Magic, Mayhem and Arthurian Legends

Good evening,

I just finished a book that will be released tomorrow and I couldn’t wait to share with you my thoughts. Get ready for a healthy dose of magic!

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This book is available tomorrow though you’re more than welcome to preorder it!

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Before going much further, I wanted to  mention that I generously received a digital ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love the cover which gives hint of who Morgan once was and the colors are a perfect mix. Even though I hate Isabeau’s guts for what she did to Morgan and those around her and she more than deserves what she may have coming to her, I can see why she was so drawn to Morgan as a human just by looks alone but I still hate her guts!

From moment I read the first page, I was hooked and couldn’t seem to stop reading. I’ve always been fascinated with the Fae, Avalon and King Arthur Legends which was in this book along with Thea’s own unique spin to myths mixed with the modern world.

Sidonie Martel (Sid) is a very gifted musician whose parents encouraged her gift from a young age and worked hard to ensure she had every opportunity to succeed. She loves getting lost in her music especially with a violin in her hand and forgetting about her OCD tendencies, akwardness around most people and other troubles.
Morgan is a lycanthrope who was turned against his will by the petty Queen Isabeau of the Light Fae and has been under her control for centuries. He was once a very powerful human who helped a young boy become King but then was betrayed by Isabeau. Due to a geas, he’s unable to pay her back for her deceit, offer help to prisoners or do anything unless Isabeau allows it.

When he becomes injured after a battle, he does everything he can to be free of Isabeau as long as possible when she sends him away and hopes to find a way to become free of her completely. He happens to hear Sid perform one night in London and finds himself drawn in a way he hasn’t felt in centuries though his life is about to become even more complicated.

A foe who seeks to drive a wedge between Morgan and the Queen without being aware of what’s behind the bond decides to kidnap Sid and in disguise manages to give her as a tribute to the Queen.

Sid becomes fed up with the treatment which ends up badly for her and it will take the unexpected help of a certain Magic Man as she calls him to find a way out of the terrible situation. She has no idea who he really is because he won’t give a name at first for fear it could go badly for the two of them but Sid is tenacious and is determined not only to find out his name but to help him be free of the Queen.

Things become even more complicated as the story goes on but I don’t want to spoil things. Let’s just say that it’s so worth reading to find out and some of it may be shocking.

I adored Sid who is so funny, musically talented, smart and doesn’t back down when she has her mind set on something. She may appear to be an ordinary human but her musical gift and heart of gold have their own special brand of magic. Even when she’s at her lowest, she finds a way to rally, make the best of things and refuses to let anyone keep her down. Sid owes up to her mistakes and uses her smarts to show the Fae that she’s more than just a lowly human especially through her music.

Morgan believes he’s a terrible person and though he did terrible things while under the geas, he’s really not. Hard to call someone terrible when they risk their neck to bring comfort to someone who is trapped in a prison because the terrible Isabeau ordered her there. He has a lot of redeeming qualities though it will take the determination of a certain human to show him the way.

This book was full of a fascinating mix of adventure, magic, steaminess, humor, mystery and the power of love. I’m so glad to have read this book and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

That about wraps up my bookish ramblings for now. I’ve had so much fun reading this book and I hope you will too. If this is your first time viewing my blog, welcome and feel free to check me out at these various social sites:

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Slainte

~Meg

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A Water Drakon, Treasure, Steamy Scenes and Humor, Oh My!

Good morning,

For some reason, I didn’t post my thoughts on this book just after finishing it, probably because I needed a bit of time to figure out how to word my thoughts. So here I am, gushing about a book that I finished recently.

I generously received this book in exchange for an honest review. And without further ado, I present to you my thoughts:

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Isn’t that cover so amazing?!I love the colors, Ezra’s eyes are such a mesmerizing blue, the ocean is breathtaking, then there’s Ezra’s Drakon form in the background which all adds up to drawing me in. There’s something about the ocean that I’ve always been drawn to. I really want to get all of the books in paper form some day because Drakons and the books would look so nice on my shelf!

This book was a pleasure to read and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Sam is a human woman who is an archaologist determined to that the Knights of the Dragon for killing her mentor/father figure and then disappearing but she’s way in over her head. She’s always had an affinity for being able to sense magical items full of power which has often caused her to be made fun of by her  fellow archeologist associates but also has led her to discover some very interesting finds. She knows that the current crew is looking for objects of power and is determined to keep it out of their hands mainly just to spite them. She does manage that but then she also gets shot and nearly drowns.
Ezra is a four thousand year old Water Drakon (part human, part water dragon) who lives on his own island off the coast of Maine, owns a successful marine salvage company and generally keeps to himself other than maintaining contact with his brothers.

He is out keeping an eye on a boat that one of his brothers warned may be trying to salvage objects of power that could potentially harm him and other Drakons when he happens to see a woman in a dinghy being shot which blows a hole in the dinghy as the woman blacks out. He rams the boat in his water dragon form which causes it to sink though the humans survive and he rescues the mysterious woman out of the water, bringing her to his home. He’s leery of her because she could be the enemy but he does what he can to nurse her back to health.

Sam is leery of Ezra at first despite him saving her life because he’s a stranger and she’s not sure if he might have ill intentions which is perfectly understandable and realistic. She finds herself drawn to him partly because he rescued her once she’s coherent. I would be too with those pretty blue eyes!

Eventually these two unlikely people learn to trust neither of them is the enemy which grows into a friendship and then a bond that happens only once in a drakon’s lifetime.

Both try to fight the attraction to each other but fate is determined to try to bring these two together despite the strange circumstances. After all, what Drakon wants to give up his treasure especially when she could be the key to his salvation?

Danger is just on the horizon though and both will have to make decisions that will either strengthen the bond they have formed or tear it to pieces.

This book was an interesting mix of magic, myth, adventure, steaminess, humor, and a few twists. I’m glad that I read this book and look forward to reading more in this series. With Drakons in the mix, how could I not want to read more and hopefully find out if there’s more in this particular world than the four brothers?!

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for now. Be sure to stay tuned to find out more on my thoughts and feel free to follow me here:

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Have a lovely Sunday and may you get to read as much as you’d like today!

Slainte

~Meg