Week in Review – Week 2

img_8870Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope this week has found everyone well.  I’m really hopeful that I can make something fun out of this Week in Review weekly posting, as I fear that my slow progress through my ‘reading’ list might actually become boring.  I’m sorry about that, but I do spend a lot of time doing things like working, mothering, powerlifting, wifeing.  You know, all very important things. img_8851

Another couple of my activities also include knitting and crocheting, and since July I’ve been keeping a Bullet Journal.  This week I was happy to re-stock on my favorite pens for my journal.  I’m a leftie, and I have trouble with img_8844the push/drag of pens.  Sharpies are pretty smooth riding, and I love the boldness of the ink.

I also finished up a scarf that I had been working on for……well, way too long.  A friend purchased the yarn and asked me to make her a Bronco’s scarf.  I did.  But I should have gotten it done about a year ago.  Yiee.  But I HAD to finish it because I want to start making Christmas gifts for this year, and I didn’t want to start making new things until I finished the one that I had committed to first. img_8825

Also in the playbook for this week was starting the preparations for my youngest daughter’s 10th birthday!  She is alllll about Five Nights at Freddy’s right now, so I’m doing a FNAF themed birthday party, the best I can anyway.  I already said it on Facebook, but Chuck E. Cheese’s really needs to bank in on this new and probably quickly passing fad while they can.  Do you know how many pre-teens would LOOOOVE to go see the freaky animatronics from their game, and play in an arcade as well?  Seriously, get with it people, before the opportunity is gone.  Anyhow, I’ve got a few things on Etsy ready to buy, and I picked up some REALLY nice and REALLY expensive FNAF invitations.  They are glossy print pictures, but $20 for invitations is a lot, you know.  Still, the nicest invitations I’ve ever purchased by far, so it does kind of take some of the hurt out of the purchase.  If it wasn’t such a specific theme and I told the kid from now on we are only doing parties for the milestone birthdays (10, 13, 16, 18) from now on – so I kind of felt like it had to happen, you know?

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Kind of creepy, don’t you agree?

 

Okay, so on to the books.

I visited NetGalley.com this week, and decided to allow myself 3 requests.  I will wait to hear back about these requests before I can go request anything more…that way I prevent having a huge influx of books that absolutely must be reviewed!  So here is what I requested:

24763621Wintersong by S. Jae-Joenes

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

 

 

28220899 Freaks by Amanda Hocking

Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…

Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.

When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.

But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodies are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.

Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.

 

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The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Pride, prejudice and forgiveness…
Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter–all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother–his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible–he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?

My currently reading list is actually the same as it was last week, so I won’t bore you with that one.  So until next time my lovely readers, cheers!

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Current TBR List

Below are the books ‘next up’ on my TBR pile!  I recently confessed on my Facebook page that I haven’t been completely successful with sticking to only reading the books I have already purchased.  In fact, I’ve added several new purchases recently, AND  got a book from NetGally, AND accepted a review request.  But as you’ll see below, I’ve fallen into a…story rut….

First up is the NetGalley Request, because it was the first book on this particular list..and I’m a little OCD about my commitments like that:

The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse

 

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That’s what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn’t know this. She’s just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn’t know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she’ll discover she’s in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.

She’ll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won’t be the only one. Peter Pan’s constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she’s going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she’s going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

This one will probably be read at the same time since it is an Audible purchase, and I can listen to it at work!


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


 

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.
Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

Here is the review request that I accepted, my first one this year, since I have slowed WAYY down on reading by request and focusing on reading without pressure.  But this was tempting enough to accept.

Dalysian Hope by Jamie Summer

One night that changed everything.

Sophie Evans is sure about one thing: she’s a normal teenage girl. Until one night her life is turned upside down.

Attacked in her own apartment and saved by two handsome strangers, she’s thrown into a whole new world. Suddenly dealing with powers she knows nothing about and having half-truths thrown at her from every direction, she realizes that the definition of normal might not fit her after all.

When Sophie is told that she has to fight in a matter of life and death, she’s left wondering what chance does she really have? And how can she be the only hope of a race she never even knew existed?

Can Sophie fight the odds stacked against her, or will she lose herself in the process?

Finally we have this beauty I picked up in the May Owlcrate box – and am EXTREMELY excited about, since it falls right into my ‘rut.’  If you follow along with my blog at all, you know I recently read Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell as well!

Everland by Wendy Spinale

Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?