Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bout of Books Day 1 Update

Bout of Books

Day 1 Update: I was able to attend the Twitter chat, which was awesome as always. I also did the #insixwords challenge on Twitter. I started a new audio for review and got through about half a CD, not sure how many minutes/pages that is. :) I also read another 25 pages in The Girl Who Drank the Moon and it is starting to get a bit more interesting.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bout of Books 19 Signup

 Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I know I won't have much time to read, but I can't miss a bout of books! This will be my 14th!! Thanks to Amanda and Kelly for hosting!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon signup

I am going to go on and sign up for the readathon tomorrow and hope that I actually have time to read some. I am supposedly off work and don't have any real plans. Maybe I can get back in the spirit of reading!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Busy, busy!

So I haven't really been keeping up with blogging again! I am so tired from work that I just eat, read, and then sleep as soon as I get home. I am reading and have finished like 5 books since the last update, but I cannot bring myself to write the reviews. I am hoping to get a wave of energy to just sit down and write, but so far it is not looking good. I may try to write a few mini reviews and do a challenge update soon. I am still here, just not blogging as much. Hope everyone is doing well!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My March TBR: And the Winner is...


I had you all vote on three books last week and the winner almost unanimously is...
United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)
Disney Hyperion

I am so excited to finally finish this series! I love Cammie and all the Gallagher Girls and can't wait to get back to their world. Thanks to all who voted and thanks to Michelle for hosting!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

My March TBR List

This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. Each month you pick three books on your TBR list and people vote on the one you should read that month.I am posting this a day late, because I just got back home today. Since I was able to finish my book last month, I am going to try again this month. There is not really a theme for this month other than they are all books I need to read.

First Choice:
United We Spy (Gallagher Girls, #6)

This is the last book in the Gallagher Girls series, which is a fun spy girl series. I have really enjoyed all the rest in the series and keep putting off finishing the series.

Second Choice:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2
Arthur A. Levine Books

So I purchased this when it first came out and I still haven't read it. I am not for sure if I will like the play format, but I do need to read it.

Third Choice:
In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)
Atheneum Books

I read the first book last year and really liked it. This is about a girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can become a knight.

Help me choose my next read and remember you don't have to be participating in my TBR list to vote.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows


My Lady Jane was the winner for my TBR list this month and it was an awesome choice, so thank you for choosing it! This also works for Beat the Backlist, since it has been on my TBR since it came out. It works for the Harry's Trunk Scavenger Hunt as well for the category Broomstick: since traveling as an animal is pretty unusual transportation as is riding on your husband's back while he is a horse  :)
My Lady Jane

The story is told in three perspectives by three different authors. First we have Edward Tudor, who in actual history, was king for six years and then died from an illness, but before dying named his cousin Jane as queen to try to prevent England from reverting back to Catholicism. Second, we have Lady Jane Grey, who in actual history, was queen for 9 days and beheaded by Queen Mary I.  Third, is Gifford Dudley, who in actual history was Guildford Dudley, the son of Lord Dudley, Duke of Northumberland who led Edward to name Jane as successor. However the actual history of the characters does not matter much in the book I am about to review. :)

So in our story instead of the battle between Protestant and Catholics, we have Verities and Edians. Edians have the ability to change into animals, as evidenced by King Henry VIII, who could change into a lion and eat messengers whose messages he did not like. When we enter our story, King Edward is dying of "the Affliction." He wishes only to live and kiss a girl, but as he is told he will die in less than a year, he gives in to a plan by Lord Dudley to marry Jane to Dudley's son, Gifford, who is an Edian. The idea is to protect Edians and keep them from being killed by the Verities of whom Edward's sister Mary is one. Jane and Edward have a special bond as close as siblings and when she realizes it is Edward's dying wish, even though she would much rather just spend her time reading, Jane agrees to marry G as Gifford prefers to be called. However no one tells her G is a horse during the day, since his Edian ability is his "curse," and he cannot control his change. In the meantime, Edward realizes he is being poisoned by Lord Dudley and his sister Mary separately and with the help of his sister, Elizabeth, and his dog/ really an Edian, Pet, manages to turn into a bird and flies away. Jane in the meantime is crowned queen, which lasts only a bit, as Mary gathers forces and takes over. It is up to the new Edians, Jane and Edward, G, and another friendly Edian, Gracie to try to save the kingdom and protect the Edians.

First of all, the book is hilarious. The trio authors manage to weave a bit of history into their fantasy alternate history and provide commentary to remind us what is sort of based on history and what is a complete departure. The idea of Edians seems a bit confusing to explain, but is not confusing to read. I tend to not like historical fiction, because I am nit picky about sticking to the facts, but I love alternate history and this is one of the best. I loved the three perspectives and I don't know how they did it, but the three views tie into each other seamlessly. I would not have known it was three different authors had the names not been on the cover. I really want to try the other works by the authors, because I want to see if I can pick out who wrote what parts. I loved the personalities of our three main characters and I loved how well the secondary characters were portrayed. This did not feel like an almost 500 page book. I also liked how they brought in Shakespeare quotes and other cliches and then pointed out it was still a few years off until Shakespeare and other sayings. I highly recommend this one if you like alternate history and/or Tudor times. 5 cups of cocoa!