Most anticipated reads

Welcome back, owlnerds in today’s most I decided to share books I am most excited about. Enjoy!

Live without You by Sarah Grace Grzy

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Synopsis:
Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t. 

For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?  Will be published: Jan. 22, 2019

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

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Synopsis:
The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other. Will be Published: May 7th, 2019

Uprising by Ivie Brooks

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Synopsis:
If you had to choose between freedom or safety, what would you pick? 

Nothing will ever be the same.
Everything around us is crumbling.
I have to fight to protect everything I love.
But fighting might only mean the end of everything.

Fate has a way of playing games, breaking us down into pieces.
I won’t stay down, not without a fight. 
And if it means losing it all, I know we will still rise.

If you had to choose between everything you care about or the safety of everyone else, what would you decide? 

I didn’t want this life for everyone when it already changed mine. 
It seems it was inevitable.
No one wants to sit and let this happen to everything we know.
I’ll never have normal. 
I don’t even know what it means.

I know I’m at risk of losing everything, but we have to win this war.
It’s not about the battle we lose or the one we win.
It’s about the aftermath. 
And if it means losing it all, I know we will still rise. Will be Published August 2019

The Wedding by Livy Jarmusch

Synopsis: N/A

Will be Published: N/A

This is the last book to her series. I am still waiting for the cover reveal and such.

Shadows in London by Victoria Lynn

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Synopsis:
In the wake of the Titanic’s sinking, all of England is in unrest and nothing is as it seems.
Widowed landlady Mrs. Vivian Hobbs, has grown resigned to spending the rest of her life alone. But suddenly she is faced with an alternative she never could have expected.

Officer William Ridley is consumed by his occupation, but when the unstable foundation upon which he has built his life gives way, despair takes hold.

Retired Detective Harlow Doyle can’t seem to stay retired. When he lands in the hospital due to his need to help, he must seek the assistance of his friends to solve a case that grows more dark and ominous as the days pass.

A missing persons case, an uncertain romance, and a dangerous gang draw their lives inexorably together, sweeping them into a sea of uncertainty.

Will the shadows in London engulf them all? Or will the Light of Christ scatter the darkness?
Will be published: One day

Open Your Horizons

Greetings, owlnerds! It’s the first blog post of 2019. This year will be a crazy year. I plan on finishing my rewrites by the end of March. So I take the next big step toward publishing. More info for that will come soon. For today’s post, I am telling myself and all that we should expand our research, our ideas, and development of worlds. Enjoy!!

As I walk around a bookstore staring at books besides the classics. I see heavy duty romance, stories of assassins, and the chosen one. Popular books and over-hyped books. As writers, we should expand our ideas above the horizon. We usually get our ideas from other popular books.

As a fantasy writer, myself. I enjoying my setting be based in the medieval times, of course. I chose this setting because I am inspired by Tolkien. I decided to expand my imagination by modernizing it. Still medieval themes with several adjustments.

We should start looking back at the basics. We could do some retelling with biblical characters, fairy tales, mythology, etc. We should take events in history and create our own worlds. We should use politics as a means of ideas. We need to observe people more. We should watch the behavior of how people react to certain things. We should listen to how people talk. We should notice more carefully how the world around us works. We should notice how each season changes to the next. We should notice how certain people dress. We should study other people’s cultures. We should notice the different landscape other countries have.

The main reason for this blog post is to stop looking at the screen for an answer and observe the world a little more each day. See ya soon.

Books 2018

Merry Christmas Eve!!! We have one more day, owl nerds before Christmas. Wow. It’s been a crazy year. I decided to challenge myself this year to read a hundred books. I have surpassed that challenge by reading hundred-two books. Here are all the books I read this year. 🙂

January Books

  1. Esther Ashton’s New Dress by Kellyn Roth
  2. Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes by Deborah Smith
  3. Caesar’s Gallic War by Julius Caesar
  4. Reread: Caesar’s Gallic War by Julius Caesar
  5. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  6. The One by Kiera Cass
  7. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  8. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

February Books

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Red Boots by Kate Willis
  3. Coffee Cake Days by Amanda Tero
  4. Enjoy the Poddle Skirt by Kate Willis
  5. A New Life by Rebekah A. Morris
  6. Forget Not by Rebekah A. Morris
  7. Martin’s Hospitality by Abigalyn Claire
  8. Songs in Our Memories by R.A. Rooney
  9. Journey by R.A. Rooney
  10. The Art of Thankfulness by R.A. Rooney
  11. Colors of Fear by Hannah Heath

March Books

  1. London in The Dark by Victoria Lynn
  2. Wolf Claw by Jes Drew
  3. For Writers Only by Sophie Burnham
  4. Beasts of Extraordinary Creatures by Ruth Emmie Lang
  5. 1 Peter
  6. Left to Die by Hailey Rose
  7. Poison Kiss by Kendra E. Ardnek
  8. Winter is Past by Rebekah A. Morris
  9. Christmas At Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman
  10. James
  11. Malachi
  12. The Lady of Vineyard by Kellyn Roth

April Books

  1. Lullabies for Little Hearts by Carol Smith
  2. The Twilight Terror by Gabriella Slade
  3. Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  4. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
  5. How I had Fun Writing 10 Novels in 13 Months by Sarah Addison Fox

May Books

  1. Twinepathy by C.B. Cook
  2. Henry VIII by Shakespeare
  3. Even the Beasts by Rebekah A. Morris
  4. Cinder by Marissa Meyers
  5. The Notes in Our Hearts by Gabriellyn Gidman

June Books

  1. The Bachelor Missions by Jes Drew
  2. The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald
  3. Reread: The Notes in Our Hearts by Gabriellyn Gidman
  4. Job
  5. Matched by Allie Condie
  6. Not by Sight by Kate Breslin
  7. All the Way by Loraine Haynes

July Books

  1. When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn
  2. His Mighty Acts by Rebekah A. Morris
  3. The Key to the Chains by Allison Tebo
  4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  5. The Treasure Hunt by Kate Willis
  6. The Thief, The Damsel, and The Dragon by Angela R. Watts
  7. The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner
  8. Gather Around the Fables by Erika Matthews
  9. Gather Around the Fables Collection by Erika Matthews
  10. The Celestial Road by Nathaniel Hawthorne

August Books

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  2. Show Me by Gabriella Slade
  3. The Summer of Eleanor Maglina by Hadassah Schaap
  4. I Don’t Dance by Jessica Wheaton
  5. Maggie’s Hope Chest by Amanda Tero
  6. Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire
  7. Shower Thoughts by Gray Marie Cox

September Books

  1. Skies of Dripping Gold by Hannah Heath
  2. Shallows by Denver Evans
  3. The Saddle Daddy Rode by K.M. Weiland
  4. C.S. Lewis on Faith by C.S. Lewis
  5. A Question of Honor by Jessica Wheaton
  6. The Coronation  by Livy Jarmusch
  7. The Way to Go by Rebekah A. Morris
  8. The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo
  9. Goldfish Secrets by Kellyn Roth
  10. Disowned by Sarah Addison Fox
  11. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Opal
  12. Daisy by Riley Rawls

October Books

  1. Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
  2. The Dressmaker’s Secret by Kellyn Roth
  3. Give Attendance by Rebekah A. Morris
  4. Chariots of Fire by William J. Weatherby
  5. The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch
  6. Ephesians

November Books

  1. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  2. The Fisherman and His Wife by Jacob Grimm
  3. East O’ the Sun and West O’ the Moon by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
  4. Faithful by Rebekah Morris
  5. The Open Window by Saki
  6. Love Defined by Kristen Clark
  7. Philippians
  8. Fire And Ice by Erin Forbes
  9. Homeward by Angela R. Watts
  10. Love Blind by Angie Thompson
  11. Lessons by Angie Thompson
  12. Rainbow Garden by Patricia St. John

December Books

  1. Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  2. Ruth
  3. Finding Violia: A Short Story by Bo Burnette
  4. The Rebel by Nicole Sager
  5. Unto Him by Rebekah Morris
  6. Flames of Courage by Hannah Heath
  7. Blood Moon Redemption by Judy DuCharme

Blood Moon Redemption Book review

Disclaimers: I relieved a free copy from Ambassador International. This is my honest opinion, I am not giving paid to give a lying book review*

This is the first book, I am reviewing with Ambassador International. When they gave me a choice of several books. I knew I wanted to get this book. The only Jewish culture I ever read was in the Bible and I was greatly intrigued when I saw blood moons and legend of the tassel. It was mysterious and love that I was going get this book. 

The genre of this book: thriller/mystery thriller, (So this actually first book I read in this genre which is really crazy), fantasy/supernatural, contemporary, Christian fiction

The romance in this book was not bad minus the facts mentioning of staying the night with a man who is not married to each other.

Likes: I liked how each chapter, let you know at the head of time where the scene is taking place. You will understand when you read it. There is a scene when a waitress asks if they know Jesus. The main character is Jewish and her “friend” is Muslim. Its reaction is hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. I loved how the author gave out the backstory of the tassel with ruining the story itself.

Dislikes: I hated Omar. He was {spoilers removed}. Bad. I really wanted to choke him and smack Tassie in the face several times but she was {spoilers removed. 
Although the book is fantasy/supernatural. I didn’t like Hector since he was a {spoiler removed}. I really didn’t like the scene where Omar sees{spoiler removed}. Hmm. No. 
One more thing, I didn’t understand something. The story is complete. The synopsis is answered but some reason they are almost like four chapters left. I understand you want readers to understand what is happening to the characters. It felt weird but maybe it fits.

Rating: 4/5, 7/10

12 days of Bookmas Challenge

Dear owlnerds, Merry Christmas!! We have 12 days left so I decided to give you guys a Christmas blog post. So I took the 12 days of Christmas and changed it into a bookish remix.  It’s also a challenge. If you do this just copy and paste this and change the wording to your own. It can be either bookish/Disney/geeky/nerdy. Your choice. Enjoy!!!

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Protagonist in a novel

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three Favorite Authors
Two lovers
and a protagonist in a novel

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Hogwarts Houses
Three Favorite Authors
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Olympian Books
Four Hogwarts Houses
Three Favorite Authors
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six of Crows
Five Olympian Books
Four Hogwarts Houses
Three Favorite Authors
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Narnia Books
Six of Crows
Five Olympian Books
Four Hogwarts Houses
Three Favorite Authors
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Caste
Seven Narnia Books
Six of Crows
Five Olympian Books
Four Hogwarts Houses
Three Favorite Authors
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine members of the Ring
Eight Eight Caste
Seven Narnia Books
Six of Crows
Five Olympian Books
Four Hogwarts Houses
Three Favorite Authors
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Booktubers
Nine members of the Ring
Eight Caste
Seven Narnia Books
Six of Crows
Five Olympian Books
Four Hogwarts Houses
Three Favorite Authors
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Jane Austen novels
Ten Booktubers
Nine members of the Ring
Eight Caste
Seven Narnia Books
Six of Crows
Five Olympian Books
Four Hogwarts Houses
Three Favorite Authors
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Districts
Eleven Jane Austen novels
Ten Booktubers
Nine members of the Ring
Eight Caste
Seven Narnia Books
Six of Crows
Five Olympian Books
Four Hogwarts Houses
Three Favorite Authors
Two Lovers
and a Protagonist in a novel

The Forbidden Wish: Book Review

Title: The Forbidden Wish 

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult

Author: Jessica Khoury

Language: mention of cursing

Romance: kissing of the neck, kissing of lips, forced kiss

Things I disliked:

It states “perfect lips”. What is that? 

It’s mentioned that the main character has two days to get her freedom but two days past and you think she would lose her freedom. Right? I am really confused.

I don’t if it is just me but the ending felt rushed. Or if they was too much background in it that I got lost in the climax. 

So this book was a retelling of Aladdin and so there is a typical Disney ending. With flowers in the air. Not a fan. Disney lover will love it. Not a fan of it. 

Things I liked:

So I was interested in this book because of the cover and retelling of Aladdin. I liked how the author kept the original setting. I liked how the POV was not based around Aladdin which was a plus.

Rating: 3.7 stars

 

 

 

 

 

Realistic Checklist – 2019

It’s going to be a shorter post but its a great post. A little off my writing/book theme, but you know. My usual routine will return. So the end of the year is near, so I decided to give you a checklist of all the things I plan on doing the year of 2019. 

  1. Donate Blood. I have been avoiding doing this for the longest time. 
  2.  Go to a concert whether it be Lauren Daigle or King and Country.
  3. Travel. I will really be traveling to local cities and have adventures there. If I am lucky, maybe places that are up to seven hours to drive from home. I am basically broke bookworm/writer and visiting Europe is the last thing I need to do to break the bank. 🙂
  4. Do something spontaneous like ziplining or skydiving.
  5. Volunteer whether it be at a local animal center, library, etc.
  6. Take a self-defense class.
  7. Expand my wardrobe. Transform to that edgy boho style. 

Only seven things, why? I will actually do them, shockingly enough. I made a resolution of this year and failed greatly. I have learned from that lesson. Thanks for reading.

I have the plot bunny disease…..

So I realized that I have the sickness for plot bunny fever. Most of my stories are a surprise idea that I get so often that stop whatever I am doing and start typing it only to discover that I am supposed to be working on my main project. As of right now, I stopped working on my oldest project because I had so many plot bunnies hitting me and I thought would explode. I even changed my storyboards on Pinterest to a secret board. I honestly can’t look at them anymore. I am even thinking of deleting my stories and starting my story ideas anew. 

I am either stressed or overthinking. I might attempt a story once I have an idea worthy enough. Everything I used to look at for inspiration is now useless. I don’t understand what happening maybe I am beginning to question if I was made for writing. Of course, I don’t know since it has always been writing. I really feel like hitting my head against a brick wall. So the next couple weeks, I will be staring at a screen wondering if a new story will rise again. Or is it worth the pain of trying to write? I’m even ignoring the post I wrote a long time ago about inspiration. My inspiration is a blank slate. I feel like blank. I seriously have no inspiration for writing. So the next upcoming weeks, I might or might not be posting. I really need to find out what is happening. Thanks for understanding. 

Don’t Hate Authors Part One

Sunny, why this? Because I am tired of people believing that an author stole a famous author/movie idea. Like the Eragon by Christoper Paolini debate. Did he copy and paste The Lord of the Rings? No. So he didn’t steal it. He was inspired by Tolkien. Like I am inspired by Tolkien, doesn’t mean I am going to copy and paste it. Good grief, people.

Mini Review of Eragon: Epic story because my favorite mystical creature is the dragon is in it. Take How to Train your Dragon, Dragonheart, and Tolkien and combined them together. I don’t understand the hate towards this book. Yes, the author uses elves and dwarves. I just don’t understand it all. It’s not like he completely copied and pasted the story and just changed some of the locations’ names and characters’. You can see the elements of Tolkien in it but some people. Other than that, I plan on reading the next book in the series.

Writers get inspired by stories but they have a unique writing process. Like right now, I noticed one of my stories may have been inspired by The Clerk’s Prologue/Tale in The Canterbury Tales. I am not copying the characters/plot. No. If anything, writers are writing clichés. Don’t point out the famous author’s names in your review, if you are going to hate on a writer.

Writers work on their projects for days, months, and years maybe. And next thing you know, you hate on their book. Sure, you can point out the true audience for that certain book such as rating the violence, romance, or etc. I do that. I am not hating the author. I am just pointing things for when a younger reader decides to read it. Aka safety warnings, nothing more. Nothing else.

Next time, you review a book. Rate the violence, language, and romance. Not rate how an author copied a popular idea. Please. Less hate. Readers are to support authors not to create graves for them.

Thanks for reading!

 

Tales of Tarsurella: Book II review

Title: The Rebellion

Author: Livy Jarmusch

Genre: Christian, Contemporary, Fantasy

Published: May 6th, 2018

Synopsis: Something is brewing. Like the far-off rumble of a train in the distance, a rebellion is stirring. A cry for change arises in the midst of a traditional monarchy, where King Addison has inherited the throne. Who are the underground troublemakers? What is stirring their defiant banner and demand for change?

Notes:

So it has been almost over a year since I was part of The Coronation book blog tour. And now I am finally reading the books. Yep, no judging me here. Thanks.

So I don’t if it’s me or does Asher like the Christian version of Nico from the Percy Jackson series? Hmm.. thought not. Yeah, it just me. Asher is like a marshmallow and all I want to do is hug him.

I love the evolvement of Bridget throughout the book. ❤ Liam and Bridget. Hmm.. 🙂

The struggles that Hope has is basically me. 😛 (Finding her purpose)

When Millie tells Vanessa about Addison {spoiler removed}. It’s hilarious.

The quote can be found on page 126 (paperback edition)

Chasity: “It’s below freezing outside, and much as I love Nic, I’m not going to suffer through frostbite just to go horseback riding. Things have been extremely dull around here the past few months. I’m ready for a good adventure.”

Hanson: “An adventure? In the library?”

Charity: “Why, of course!” “That’s where all adventures begin.”

Me: Thank you, Charity. This is the truth.

Although I love this book and rate it a five. I really felt like Addison and Vanessa have that “perfect relationship”. The only odd thing is the aftermath of that date, they have. {spoiler removed} Their relationship is really fast-paced. The really odd thing ever is the rebellion and then instead of {spoiler removed} they {spoiler removed}. Make so much sense, right? No, it doesn’t.  Now I have to wait for the next book. Ughh.

Rating from 1-5: 5

Rating from 1-10: 8

Thanks for reading, owlnerds!!!