London in the Dark One Year Birthday Celebration

Good morning, my fellow bloggers. I decided to help a girl out by doing a book review on London in the Dark by Victoria Lynn.

London in the Dark is now a one-year-old so she is doing a giveaway. 🙂

Details:

First Place winner must be in the United States only. The winner receives, one paperback autographed copy of London in the Dark, a London themed t-shirt of their choice from my Zazzle shop, and one Book Themed mug designed by me from my Zazzle shop.

2 Second place winners. Open internationally. Receives one ebook copy of London in the Dark.

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Also check out Grace’s blog to enter her personal giveway for a paperback copy of London in the Dark.

Let’s begin my book review:

Title: London in the Dark

Genre: Christian Fiction, Historial Fiction, Mystery

Synopsis:

London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents.She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.

Author bio:

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

 

The book itself has a Sherlock Vibe. Since there is a detective (Cyril) and doctor (Dudley) and a landlady (Mrs.Hobbs).  It felt slow in the beginning but then the {spoiler removed} happened helped a lot.  At times, I really wanted to choke Cyril. One word to describe each character:

Olivia: Faithful

Cyril: Moody

Dudley: Kind-hearted

Mrs. Hobb: Caring

Favorite Quotes:

Cyril folded his arm and rested the side of his head against the window of the swiftly moving train. The faint light of early dawn illuminated the countryside just enough to make it a dizzy blur as it passed by his sight. (p. 223, Kindle Edition) Love the description.

As she plunged into the song, her fingers traveled over the keys at a rapid pace, tinkling out the lovely scales and melodies. She lost herself in the music, drowning in the special feeling of creating something beautiful. (p. 24, Kindle Edition)

Book Rating: 4.5

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean mysteries.

Thanks for Reading! 🙂

 

 

 

Book Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circustance

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Welcome back, Y’all. Last week, I read this beautiful book. You guys should check out Book of the Month.  You can pick one new hardback book each month. The great thing about is that your first book when you join is free. Each extra book cost $9.99.

Title: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances

Author: Ruthie Emmie Lang

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Magical Realism

Summary: The narrators of this story are those who have encountered the main character, Weylyn Grey.  Weylyn who is raised by wolves learns he is so much different than everybody else. He discovers he can control the weather by stopping a tornado in Oklahoma single handlely. Through the book, he learns new things about himself that is a blessing but a danger to those he cares for.

So to get things started. The main reason, I bought this book was because I usually don’t read books with magic realism in it. The book itself had a “Disney” Jungle book vice to it. It’s quite interesting. There really isn’t magic involved in the book so if you are against witchcraft. You can read it without worry. I was considerately happy with this story because it had little romance and little language which is hard to find in most books nowadays. I can’t wait to read more books by her.

My book rating: Five Stars, A new favorite

 

Hope you enjoyed reading this book review. Comment below what book I should review next.

Thanks for reading!

 

 


 

 

 

 

Book Series I haven’t finished yet

This series are books I have started but never actually finished the series.  Please don’t judge me.

  1. Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  2. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
  3. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
  4. Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
  6. Candain West series by Janette Oke
  7. Earthsea Cycle series by Ursula K. Le Guin
  8. Redwall series by Brian Jaques
  9. My America series by Patrica Hermes
  10. Ranger Apprentice by John Flanagan
  11. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
  12. Hercules Poirot by Agatha Christe
  13. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
  14. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
  15. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  16. Hornblower Saga by C.S. Forester
  17. The Maze Runner by James Dasher
  18. Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan
  19. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  20. Miss Peregrine’s by Ransom Riggs
  21. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Any book series you haven’t finished? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for Reading!

P.S. Check out this survey, I am doing. It would be most appreciated.

This or That Book Tag

I found this book tag at Kris’ blog

QUESTIONS:

  1. Reading on the bed or the couch? I usually read in bed but you can also find me reading an ebook on the couch any day.
  2. Male Main character or female main character? I like both. I usually read female main characters. Its hard to find any male main characters. If you know any books with a male POV, let me in the comments below.
  3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when your reading? I usually have chocolates when I am reading.
  4. Trilogies or Quartets? Trilogies alway!
  5. First person point of view or third person point of view? Third Person point of view
  6. Reading at night or in the morning? I am more active at night but you can sometimes see me reading in morning. If I really obsessed with the book I am reading.
  7. Libraries or bookstores? I usually get most of my books at the library. Its inexpensive besides having dues to the library. XD
  8. Books that make you laugh or cry?
  9. Black books covers or white book covers? I own more black book covers so…
  10. Character driven or plot driven? It will always be plot driven. I can’t stress enough. I only pick up a book if the plot is interesting. It’s not even about the book cover either.  I don’t care how popular or good looking the characters are. Plots are the best. 🙂

 Thanks for Reading!

Book Sacrifice Tag

I found this book tag on Lizzy’s blog.

The rules of the book sacrifice tag:

You are given a situation and you have to choose a book for each situation.All situations are fictional.

1) An Over-Hyped Book: Let’s start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s say you’re in a bookstore just browsing when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA system, saying that military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hate? So you start chucking at the zombies; knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wiped them out?!?

Answer: I had heard great things about J.K. Rowling new work, The Cursed Child. Its sucked. There was no originality. Are you crazy? Only thing I liked was the humor. Yuck.

2) A Sequel: Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

Answer: Go Set a Watchman. The story itself was weird and by the end of the story, I didn’t understand what the story was even about.

3) Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?

Answer: Although I didn’t even get halfway to the story, Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger sucked. He talked about how “horrible” is his life was. So much language.

4) Let ’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM! Global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You ’re trapped and your only chance of survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run, your least favorite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

Answer: I loved the first book but the second book, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass destroyed each thing. Ahh, no. The romance shattered any hope for me.

 

Fictional boyfriends

I decided to mix the book tag “Who are your book boyfriends?” with fictional boyfriends from tv shows/movies. Enjoy.

Merlin Show

Merlin: Well obviously who doesn’t like Colin Morgan. Then again, I might be just a third wheel with Merlin and Arthur’s bromance.

Merlin inspires me because of his selflessness. He always puts others first. No matter what happens to him. He is kind and does not seek reward for his actions, although it is sometimes frustrating. People think he is an idiot, but I know that he is one of the greatest men to ever live.

Gwaine: Who can say no to this face?

Heidi is always wondering "WHY AM I NOT FRIENDS WITH EOIN MACKEN?" and after reading this post, we still don't have an answer.

Harry Potter

Snape: Snape is my favorite male character in the whole series. He dislikes Harry Potter, me too. No one would touch me since everyone is intimidated by him. A win, win.

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Jane Austen

Darcy from 1995 Pride and Prejudice

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Colin Firth - Pride and Prejudice, 1995 | The Definitive Ranking Of Actors Who Have Played Mr Darcy

Heartland

Ty: I am currently finishing the tv show on Netflix then I will rewatch the series again to prepare for the new seasons coming out.  Then again who doesn’t want a boyfriend like Ty.

Graham Wardle (Ty Borden)

The Lord of the Rings

Samwise  Gamgee

Sam is literally the only reason the ring made it to mount doom!! Frodo would have died a hundred times over without him!

Sam, a truer friend never existed.

Marvel

*coughs*  Tom Hiddleston

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Loki

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William Buxton (Return to Cranford)

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*coughs again* Benedict Cumberbatch

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I can’t watch any nature documentaries that have him as a narrator. My face will get bright red. XD

 

And that’s it. Thanks for making my face blush.

Thanks for Reading!

 

Reader Problems Book Tag

1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

It really depends on what mood I have.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

It depends on why I dislike it. Death boring, I will continue reading. Cursing or inappropriate scenes, it’s a no go.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I will try. I will read short books, ebooks, children’s books, or whatever I can get my hands on.

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

I will survive. It really depends if its a paperback vs hardback.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

Find someone. Look through Pinterest, they has to be someone who has the same opinion.

6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

I have never cried for any fictional situation so I wouldn’t know. Don’t judge me.

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

It really depends how thick the first book is. At times, I don’t care about the first book. I just want to read the sequel.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

Sorry, I would love to share my books but I miss already when I am not home. I will continuously text you making sure my babies are safe. It’s safer still in case something happens.  You might disappear from the face of this earth.

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

I will read from a different genre.

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

All of them, if I had the money for it. Usually five or anything under $100.

11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

It really depends. If I am already reading something, I will wait until I finish the book. Or I will dive right into the books.

I tag:   Emmaline

Kate Flournoy

@bookish beginnings

@Justwriting

Thanks for Reading!

 

 

TBR Shame Tag

So in this tag, you are to write all the unread books on your bookshelves. I tag anyone. The good thing about the shame tag is half the books I have on my “to read” I don’t own. I usually go to the library to get them.

  1. Hood by Lawhead
  2. Spies Among Us by Agatha Christe
  3. The Silmarillion by Tolkien
  4. The Incorrigible Children by  Maryrose Wood
  5. Seek With All Your Heart by Beth Wiseman
  6. Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
  7. The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christe
  8. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christe
  9. The End by Lemony Snicket
  10. Miss Marple Meets Murder by Agatha Christe
  11. Suprise Endings by Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christe
  12. Murder on Board by Agatha Christe
  13. Plain Paradise
  14. New Dawn on Rocky Ridge by Roger Lea Macbride
  15. The Age of Innocent by Edith Wharton
  16. Five Great Dialogues by Plato
  17. Selected Lives and Essays by Plutarch
  18. The Most of P.G. Wodehouse by P.G. Wodehouse
  19. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  20. Emma by Jane Austen
  21. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  22. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  23. Modern Essentials
  24. The Tea Book by Louie Cheadle and Nick Kilby

 

And there you have it. 24 books of 86 books. Not including textbooks and cookbooks.

What books are on your to read books?

 

 

 

February Books

So I read 8 books for my 100 books in the year challenge.

Currently read: 19

At least its the beginning of the year or I am really doomed. Hopefully, I will try to do this every month. We will see.

Colors of Fear by Hannah Heath

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My Rating: Five Stars

Grasping the Gratefulness by R.A. Rooney

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My rating: Five Stars

The Art of Thankfulness by R.A. Rooney

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My rating: Five Stars

Songs in Our Memories by R.A. Rooney

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My rating: Five stars

Journey by Accident by R.A. Rooney

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My Rating: Five Stars

Forget Not by Rebekah A. Morris

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My rating: Five Stars

A New Life by Rebekah A. Morris

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My rating: Four Stars

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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My Rating: Three Stars

Thanks for Reading!