Friday, March 16, 2018

Game of Thrones Book 1 by George RR Martin

Summary (by Goodreads)

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.


I chose to "re-read" this title to prepare for the the Game of Thrones final season.  I have all of the books however I find it difficult to read them and keep track of all of the characters. By listening to it on audio, I find that I can identify better with the different voices and I have time to look up the characters I can't remember online.  I have found that The Game of Thrones wiki is incredibly helpful in helping me remember characters and understanding how they fit into the entire series.  This series is so well-crafted.  I LOVE it!!  I will not go into the story in detail but we certainly get a close look into the Starks and the Lannisters in book #1.  There is lots of underhandedness as families compete for control of the throne and exert their power.

This week it was announced that the cast gave a 15 minute long standing ovation after that final season was read.  It sounds like it will be going down in history as a truly prolific series.  For those of you unfortunately souls who have not yet seen the show or read the books, you really should invest the time.  The world building and character development of this series is honestly out of this world.  Think Tolkien level.  George R.R. Martin is coming out with two more books to wrap up the Game of Throne collection - The Winds of Winter and a Dream of Spring.  Even after the last Game of Thrones episode airs, we can still call for celebration because there is said to be another 3-4 spinoffs from this series.  Yay!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kiss Cam by Kiara London

Published: Oct 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Pages: 272
Copy Provided by: Netgalley
Summary: Goodreads


In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what's a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge "shippers" who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper's relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different "Kiss Cam" segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn't mean anything. After all, it's just kissing… right?


This was a bit of a fun read since I have been reading some pretty heavy books lately.  Lots of violence and killing, murder and some fantasy.  Nice to take a bit of a break once in awhile.  Kind of like a mini-vacay!

Kiss Cam was fun at first because it was kind of refreshing.  Juniper and Jasper are friends who begin to kiss innocently enough but despite the whole world seeing them AS a couple, a highly publicized couple, they still claim they are not.  Obviously the relationship changes and they eventually need to come to the realization that their perspective of one another has as well. 

This is not a particularly complicated book but it did leave me with good feelings after reading.  You need something light and happy? Hit this one up!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday - Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (By Goodreads)

A congressman's daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who's tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who's done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.

They couldn't be more different, but before the morning's over, they'll all be trapped in a school that's been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they'll also be looking to one another for answers.

What makes me the most sad about this book is that this is something that we need to consider in this day and age.  With all the violence in the world now targeting young people, schools becoming hostage environments by people trying to gain media attention is a thing now.  Thank God it doesn't happen often but even my daughter's elementary school has a procedure for lockdowns in case of emergency.  I would be interested to read how this title plays out. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The 100 TV Series

So today I want to talk to you about Netflix.  I love Netflix.  So much in fact that we stopped our regular TV service about 3 years ago and all we watch are DVDs and Netflix.  One thing that I love about Netflix is that I can catch up on some of the book series that I have been meaning to read by watching the TV version. True, it often is only BASED on the book but still, it gives me additional incentive to READ the series when I get the opportunity.  

The 100 has been on my TBR list for years.  The premise is that after Armageddon, earth's only survivors were sent up into space.  And they cannot inhabit the earth again for centuries because of toxic radiation levels.  However, the space station that these people are on is running out of steam and they need to find a solution.  

In order to see if earth is habitable, the station sends down 100 teens who are all criminals.  I guess they felt that they were disposable?  Each teen has a tracking device to relay valuable information back to the space station in order to assess the environment and see if it is viable for living  Of course chaos ensues.  Let's send a bunch of jailed kids to an environment that they have never explored without any guidance or rules or system in place and see how it goes.  Are you picturing an updated, modernized Lord of the Flies? Yep.  Now besides environmental factors, food, shelter, safety  and adequate co-operation, add in territorial issues by people who may already live there.

I have spent the past couple weeks marathoning this series and I'm HOOKED!!  So much so that I went to check on Season 5, episode 1 this weekend and I'm so bummed that it doesn't release until the END of April!!

Besides The 100, I have also been checking out the Outlander series.  Have you been watching any series that are based on books?

- Christinabean 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Stacking the Shelves - S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received

Summary (by Goodreads)

There's no point hunting if there's no kill.

At St. Aidan the Great School, or S.T.A.G.S., new things--and new people--are to be avoided. Unfortunately, Greer MacDonald, token scholarship student, is very much a new person. She has just transferred to S.T.A.G.S., and finds herself ignored at best and mocked at worst by the school's most admired circle of friends, the Medievals.

So imagine Greer's surprise when this very group invites her to an exclusive weekend retreat at the private estate of the parents of their unofficial leader, Henry de Warlencourt. It's billed as a weekend of "huntin' shootin' fishin'," and rumor has it that the invitee who most impresses the group will be given the privilege of becoming a Medieval themselves.

As the weekend begins to take shape, however, it becomes apparent that beyond the luxurious trappings--the fancy clothes the maid lays out on Greer's bed, the elaborate multicourse dinners held in the Great Hall--there are predators lurking, and they're out for blood. . . .

I picked up S.T.A.G.S. on Audible to listen on my way to and from work.  It reminded me of similar titles such as the Don't Get Mad series by Gretchen McNeil.  School bullying taken to the extreme...except in this case, the bullies aren't retaliating.....

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday - The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (By Goodreads)

Set in the near future, this action-packed YA novel—already optioned by Sony—will take readers out of their world and on a quest to become one of six teens sent on a mission to Jupiter’s moon.

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.

This title releases at the beginning of March. I chose it for my WOW because firstly I really like Alexandra Monir but secondly because it reminds me of a show I have been watching recently on Netflix - The 100.  The 100 is a series written by Kass Morgan.  It has been on my radar for years and I had recently been re-introduced after seeing the series on Netflix.  Any thoughts? 

Waiting on Wednesday - Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

Marin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she's meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council's favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.

Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president's son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam's safe return.

I'm not gonna lie.  What drew me to this book was the cover.  You? Beautiful, no?