Friday, March 30, 2018

Can I Read a Series in a Month? 2018 Challenge 
Runs the entire month of April!

Hi!  So I have been working on my series completion/progress lately and found this.  I tried it last year, and it fell apart miserably!  So lets try again!

I am not swearing into a specific series 100%.  I have a few options (one being the one I had hoped to do last year) that I am leaving myself open to.  The final factor will be a combination of  what fits best with another reading challenge I on Goodreads (UNO!) but also what grabs my interest and that I feel most like devouring. These are my options:




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Saturday, March 3, 2018

24 Hours #readathonbyzoe

So It is now midnight and I am starting with:
Renegades (Renegades, #1) 
I already read the first 3 chapters, so picking up at Chapter 4.  Will update this post a few times throughout the next 24 hours (and will wrap it up at the bottom once it is over and I get some sleep)  but most updates will be on twitter (@jljaina). Hope you are joining me in this endeavor!  Is anyone taking bets yet how long I will last?  I am running on a very small nap so bit nervous.... Might need one at some point during this.


So 7 hours into this and I recently had to sleep for a few hours.  My nap before this started was much shorter than I had hoped so sleep was soon needed again.

However I have made some reading progress too.  I am about 1/2 through Renegades and LOVING it.  Also started The Substitute by Marilyn Kaye for some easier reading on my eyes just before I fell asleep.  Now, I must get back to the books! 


Alright I meant to post sooner but I have just been THAT into my books.  I have finished the two listed above and am bouncing between 3 others right now.  Not sure I will finishe then as energy is rapidly draining but there are still 6 hours to go.  I might finish one, or just keep going reading a bit of each...I don't know.  Time will tell.  This is probably my last udate here until tomorrow when I will add the wrap-up.  Will probably do a couple more twitter updates though.  

Books Finished:
 Renegades (Renegades, #1)The Substitute by Marilyn KayeSaga, Vol. 7 (Saga, #7)

Made progress/Started:
The Goddess Test (Goddess Test, #1)The Cage (The Cage, #1)The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)

Total Pages read: 967

Overall, I was very happy with this readathon, although starting at midnight is a pain!  I vote a noon-noon in your time zone next time. I don't nap well in the evening so basically I am up for over 35 hours. Way harsh on the eyes!  I had some great munchies (pretzels, BBQ Hawaiian meatballs, Nerds, donuts, grapes) and a sweet husband who just let me read (and got me the donuts!).

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Another 24 hour readathon! #readathonbyzoe

  So I am going to participate in a 24 hour readathon this coming Saturday, March 3rd.  

 Usually I do a ton of prep on my TBR options and cleaning the house, etc.  Well turns out I had some extra time off work this week so I am just gonna do this!  I will be cleaning up the house over the next couple days then dealing with food and finalizing my TBR in the first couple days of March to go.

This readathon starts at 12:00 am (midnight) in YOUR timezone, and goes to 11:59.  Read as much or as little as you want.  You do not have to read all those hours.   The only challenge is to read SOMETHING. Simple, right?  SO who is with me?

Here is the original challenge video link to Zoe's Vlog on the readathon.  Be sure to check it out.

My tentative TBR possibilities  I have so far (fully subject to changes):

 Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)The Cage (The Cage, #1)Renegades (Renegades, #1)Dream MeA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)Wild Ones, Vol. 4 (Wild Ones, #4)WorthyItThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)Windigo Soul.hack// Legend of the Twilight, Vol. 2

I will surely be adding more, depending what my mood is and what I have read between now and then.  
I will be doing a starting post just before the readathon starts, then periodically updating it with my progress.  Twitter will also have more frequent updates.  I hope you can join for some reading fun this day.  Even if you just have a free hour!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Much About

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. 

I know I loved reading this....but what happened in it?!  Why did I love it?  SOmetimes, overtime, these things blur or are forgotten.  These are 10 books I loved reading but if I was asked to do a book report on them, I'd fail without reading them once again.

Rebel Dawn (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, #3)NamelessShadowman (Shadow, #3)King's Sacrifice (Star of the Guardians, #3) 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Death Island by Kelsey Ketch Review and tour giveaway

Death Island 
Death Island 
by Kelsey Ketch
Genre: New Adult
Publication: December 31st, 2017
Cover Designer: Desiree DeOrto Designs 

Her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior.
However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to
understand her family history.
There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather’s past; a greedy band of pirates after her great- grandfather’s legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.

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Review:  Kelsey Ketch has taken me away on another all new adventure.  First she gives me stories steeped in Egyptian mythology with her Descendants of Isis series, and now she sweeps me off in a high seas adventure with Mayan mythology!  Filled with romance, pirates, skeletons (the kind that kick your butt), siren(adaptation of) and gods. 

Set in the early 1700s this story is a twp person POV by Meriden and Gregory.  I actually really liked the balance of story we get this way.  Meriden is a very independent young woman wish a desire for the seas left to her from her father's bloodline.  I loved how she pulls her own weight in the story.  She refuses to just be a damsel in distress but she is also flawed and makes mistakes making her a likable character.  Gregory has a few chips on his shoulders on him from his own family.  Overall I liked him but he overlooks a few obvious things that get to me a bit.  Still, he is well developed and I still liked him as well.  We actually have a good cast of other characters we get to meet of the crew they set sail with.

I loved the adventure and the mythical aspects of this story.  Skellig's character intrigued me and the desert of fears was fascinating.    The blend of mythology and adventure in a historical setting was overall well done.  I love the research Kelsey does for her book to make if feel more real and authentic.

My biggest gripe is the phrase and word choices used a few times.  Especially Meriden's internal monologue toward the beginning.  If felt too modern and did not fit.  A few times the words used in this actually made me cringe since it is suppose to be a historical setting.  It just took me out of the moment.  Luckily this didn't happen too often but most of it happens early on and  it made it a bit tricky to get fully into the book right away.  

The ending is left open for a possibility of a sequel but the book does close off the story well enough.  Although I would not be adverse to another adventure, so we shall have to wait and see.  Well done Kelsey Ketch, I continue to enjoy your books and look forward to future stories you create!

*I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair, honest review.  All opinions expressed are strictly my own*

Kelsey KetchKelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new- adult author, who works
as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During
her free time, she can often be found working on her latest
work in progress or organizing the New Adult Scavenger
Hunt, a biannual blog hop. She also enjoys history,
mythology, traveling, and reading.

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