Important Update: Please Read!

Important Update: Please Read!

What to expect on Shes Going Book Crazy for the next few months.

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Guest Post by PoetryBooksYA: Book Events’ Diversity and FOMO Issues

Guest Post by PoetryBooksYA: Book Events’ Diversity and FOMO Issues

Hello, everyone! Today I have Danielle from PoetryBooksYA on my blog discussing her thoughts on diversity at book events. I’ll let her take it from here! Speaking only from my experience, I wanted to discuss my thoughts on how I feel about seeing so much […]

eARC Review: The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer

eARC Review: The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer

In the ancient moors of Scotland, the king of Calidon lies on his deathbed, cursed by a ring that cannot be removed from his finger. When a mysterious fey stranger appears to save the king, he also carries a secret that could tear the royal […]

Down The TBR Hole #5

Down The TBR Hole #5

Wow, a week has already come and gone. Time to take another look at my looming TBR.

This challenge/meme was started by Lost In A Story back in 2016. Here are the rules, in case you are interested in participating too!

Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’ll be going through 5 books each week.

The Books

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

I added this series to my TBR because I've heard so much good about this author's Seven Realms series. This one will be a GO because I'd like to read that series first.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

A classic that I feel that I must leave on my TBR, for now, it's a KEEP.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

I was going to keep this one because it's another classic, BUT IT'S OVER 800 PAGES. Nope. GO.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I was thinking to do some rereads of classics that I read a long time ago. But for now, I'm just not feeling it. GO.

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

I've wanted to read this book for the longest time. It's a KEEP for me.

I was able to get 3/5 books off my TBR! (That's pretty good!)
What do you think of my choices?
Are there any books that you would recommend to read, or to knock off the TBR on this list?

eARC Review: The Bone Roses by Kathryn Lee Martin

eARC Review: The Bone Roses by Kathryn Lee Martin

Sixteen-year-old Rags is the most feared Rustler in the world, and for good reason. When she’s not raiding the post-Yellowstone Kingdom’s established settlements for supplies to keep her frontier, Rondo, alive another day, she’s fending off witch hunt-happy villagers who want her rare blue eyes […]

Down The TBR Hole #4

Down The TBR Hole #4

Hi everybody! I always think of this guy when I say that phrase 😛 It’s already time to go through my TBR again! This Down The TBR Hole challenge/meme was started by Lost In A Story back in 2016. Here are the rules, in case you are […]

Personal Update & April Wrap-Up

Personal Update & April Wrap-Up

I wanted to give a bit of a personal update on what to expect in the next few months on this blog.

I’ve mentioned here and there that I am expecting a baby (now in two weeks–which is crazy). Because of prepping for his arrival, as well as having family visit from overseas (and work), I’ve been incredibly busy, and have really struggled with keeping up with daily blogging. I decided for my sake that I need to back off for a while with some book-related commitments. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done that I need to. And, well, my family comes before blogging. 

Anyways, for the months of May, June, and probably well into July, you may not see me posting as often as normal. While I deeply wish I could, I also won’t be able to blog hop and stay on top of what everyone else will be up to, which makes me very sad. To any of you fellow bloggers who continue to support my blog even when I haven’t been able to reciprocate, I am deeply grateful for your support and commitment! It means the world to me! Once things get into a routine, I should have time to get more involved again. 

Until then, my Thursday Blog Trots will be on hold, along with some Top 5 Wednesday posts. The month of May was a free-for-all month with T5W, and I just didn’t have time to make my own prompts. Therefore, you won’t be seeing any of those until June (possibly.) 

With all of that being said, here’s a rather uneventful wrap-up for the month of April!

What I Read & Reviewed

What I Read But Still Need To Review

  • Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol (tentative 2.5 stars)
  • Traitor Born by Amy A. Bartol (tentative 3 stars)

Catch-Up Reviews Written

Top 5 Wednesday Meme

Thursday Blog Trot Meme / Around the Blogosphere

Fairy Tale Friday Meme

Down The TBR Hole

Other Noteable Posts

Beat The Backlist Reading Challenge

In April, I contributed a total of 31 points for the Story Sorcerers team. (AND WE WON!)

PopSugar Challenge

Nada de nada. 🙁

Goodreads Reading Challenge

So, my Goodreads challenge has suffered. I had originally aimed to read 200 books this year, but it called for me to finish a book every two days, and I just couldn’t keep up. I ended up lowering my goal to 100 because it didn’t cause me anxiety to look at it like 200 did. I’m hoping I can still reach 200, but this year may be too eventful to get there. 

#ARCsAnonymous Goodreads Group Challenge

Due to the chosen challenge topic, I didn’t participate in the #ARCsAnonymous challenge in April. 

Well, there's my unsuccessful month.
How did you do on your reading challenges in April?
Where there any goals that you had to lessen or give up on completely? (I sure hope not!)

May ARCs

May ARCs

I feel like my ARC pile gets bigger each month instead of smaller… It’s funny how the opposite tends to happen of what my intentions are. I keep pledging that I’ll request NO MORE ARCs for a while, yet, I keep receiving them. Anyways, May […]

eARC Review: No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens

eARC Review: No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens

David Galloway can’t die. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. No Less Days Author: Amanda G. Stevens Publication Date: May 1, 2018 Publisher: Shiloh Run Press Page Count: 320 Format: eARC Genre: Christian Fiction, Speculative Fiction Cover Artist: — My Rating: ★★★ What happens to a […]

Down the TBR Hole #3

Down the TBR Hole #3

Let's see if I can knock a few more off the Good Ole TBR...

This challenge/meme was started by Lost In A Story back in 2016. Here are the rules, in case you are interested in participating too!

Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’ll be going through 5 books each week.

The Books

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

I read Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale back in 2016. While I wasn't so taken with that book, I loved Setterfield's writing style, and want to give her another shot. This one is a KEEP.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I feel like this one I have to KEEP.

Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

While I am genuinely curious about this since it's a classic, it is the start of a series. So, it's a GO.

Keeper Of The Books by Asher Elliot

This one is going to GO. While I tend to like Westerns with a fantasy twist, this one sounds similar to other books I've already read in the same genre.

The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

I own this book and feel like I must give it a shot. This is a KEEP.

This has been my best week so far! I got rid of 2/5!
What are your thoughts on my choices?
Are there any books that you'd keep or get rid of on this list?

State of the ARC: April

State of the ARC: April

Wow, May is already here. Does anyone else feel like 2018 is absolutely flying? Maybe it’s because I’m counting down to June. Either way, I really can’t believe it’s already May! Before I get into this, let’s recap what State of the ARC is all […]

Down The TBR Hole #2

Down The TBR Hole #2

Even though I was able to get some books off of my TBR this past week by reading them, I’m looking forward to see if I can keep dropping that massive 600+ need-to-reads! Hey, guys! It’s time sit down and look at the next five […]

eARC Mini Review: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

eARC Mini Review: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Release Day, May 1, 2018!

In the beginning, there was silence.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Song of Blood & Stone

Series: Earthsinger Chronicles #1
Author: L. Penelope
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Page Count: 384
Format: eARC
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Cover Artist: ---
My Rating: Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review.

Song of Blood & Stone (Earthsinger Chronicles, #1)Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

 

All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

 

 

description

“Not just cracks, not just a breach–the entire Mantle will fall. Soon. And the True Father will be unleashed on us all.”

DNFing at 30%

I’m not sure if it was the writing style, the concept, or the way the characters interacted with one another, but this read left me feeling confused. Reading more than a quarter of the book, I couldn’t get a good sense of the magic system, and the history behind it. Granted, there was quite a bit left in the book to uncover. However, the information provided simply wasn’t clear.

Not only that, the insta-love relationship that developed almost immediately between the main character Jasminda and Jack didn’t help. These instant attractions need more ground before they should be established. Furthermore, there is a graphic attempted rape scene that felt like it set the tone for the rest of the book as being incredibly negative. Maybe that is just my take on it, but from what I read, it doesn’t sound like a read for me.

I appreciated the fact that diversity is represented in these foremost characters. Prejudism immediately is identified as a main theme, as the main character Jasminda, although interracial, has dark skin which makes her an outcast in the small town that she now resides. Dark skin marks the Lagarmiri people with the ability to Earthsing, which is a magical ability that only they possess. What is unique is feared.

Overall, this just wasn’t a read for me. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it was, but the insta-love, graphic scenes, and confusing information weren’t to my liking.

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Blog Tour and Author Interview: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Blog Tour and Author Interview: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope

Song of Blood & Stone Earthsinger Chronicles: Book One By L. Penelope Synopsis From the very first pages of her debut, L. Penelope delivers as a new force in the fantasy genre. The first book in the historical fantasy Earthsinger series was originally self-published, earning […]

Fairy Tale Friday #6: The Glass Dog by L. Frank Baum

Fairy Tale Friday #6: The Glass Dog by L. Frank Baum

The Glass Dog By L. Frank Baum Lyman Frank Baum is not an unfamiliar name to many Americans. Best known for his very famous children’s book, The Wizard of Oz, Baum also wrote several other fairy tales, short stories, poems, and scripts throughout his lifetime. […]

Mini Book Review: Prince of the South by Ava Richardson

Mini Book Review: Prince of the South by Ava Richardson

Being a Prince, J'ahalid is no stranger to the fact that his kingdom requires protecting. When he Sees the Dragon Riders of Torvald, he knows that dragons are the answer to his problems.

Prince Of The South

Author: Ava Richardson
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Page Count: ---
Format: ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Short-Story
Cover Artist: Shardel
My Rating: ★★½

Prince of the southPrince of the south by Ava Richardson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“I wanted such a dragon. Why should only the kings of Torvald have such power? Why should our kingdom be lacking?”


Prince J’ahalid Mudin Dar Awil of the South Kingdom immediately desires dragons for his kingdom when he sees the dragon riders of Torvald midflight. Knowing that his kingdom is constantly threatended by others, he takes it into his own hands to protect his family and people.

Traveling towards the mountains along the old spice route, J’ahalid catches a glimpse of the mountain dragons. Desperate to capture some for himself, he risks his life to travel up the mountain during a sandstorm. Nearly losing his life due to his arrogance, he’s saved by non other than that which he seeks: a dragon and her rider.

“Dragons are friends–you do not use your friends.”


Samir of the Binshee Tribe, and her fellow dragon Toolon save J’ahalid from the trechery of the sandstorm. In doing so, they learn who he is and what he’s looking for. J’ahalid quickly learns that dragons are not animals to be conquered and tamed. They deserve respect and choose their riders themselves. These lessons do well for J’ahalid, as his immature and rather unlikeable character is humbled.

Deciding to stay in the mountains with Samir and the dragons, J’ahalid learns the ways of the dragons and how to form proper relationships with them.

“I have learned a dragon’s heart, and some things are more important than land and kingdoms. Tesh has taught me that. I see now why the dragons saved your people but let the city burn. That was the wise choice. For cities can be rebuilt. Buildings are jusst empty shells without people. And that is what drives me back–I must see my parents again.”


Overall, this was an alright read. The dialogue is written in what feels like a vernacular, so it’s hard to settle into the characters and their interactions as they feel clunky and unnatural. Granted, this is a short story, so the writing is definitely more to the point. However, I thought this was an area that could have used much improvement.

Vulgarity: None.
Sexual content: None.
Violence: None.

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Upcoming Reads

May ARCs

May ARCs

I feel like my ARC pile gets bigger each month instead of smaller...

It’s funny how the opposite tends to happen of what my intentions are. I keep pledging that I’ll request NO MORE ARCs for a while, yet, I keep receiving them. Anyways, May seems to be the month of western fantasies! I have a few to get through and I’m looking forward to the change in scenery in the fantasy genre. 

Song Of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive--an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack's mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it's people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda's Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens

David Galloway can’t die.

How many lifetimes can God expect one man to live? Over a century old, David Galloway isolates himself from the mortal humans who die or desert him by making a quiet life as a used bookstore owner in Northern Michigan. But then he spots a news article about a man who, like him, should be dead.

Daredevil celebrity Zachary Wilson walked away unscathed from what should have been a deadly fall. David tracks the man down, needing answers. Soon David discovers a close-knit group of individuals as old as he is who offer the sort of kinship and community he hasn’t experienced for decades—but at what cost?

David finds himself keeping secrets other than his own. . .protecting more than himself alone. He’ll have to decide what’s worth the most to him—security or community. When crimes come to light that are older than any mortal, he fears the pressure is more than he can stand. What does God require of him, and is David strong enough to see it through?

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

The Bone Roses by Kathryn Lee Martin

Sixteen-year-old Rags is the most feared Rustler in the world, and for good reason. When she’s not raiding the post-Yellowstone Kingdom’s established settlements for supplies to keep her frontier, Rondo, alive another day, she’s fending off witch hunt-happy villagers who want her rare blue eyes in an unmarked grave.

But when the Kingdom strikes back, kills Rags’s best friend, and sends its second-in-command to destroy Rondo in four days, Rags must make a choice: seek revenge, or save her loved ones who are trapped in a town bound for slaughter broadcast Kingdom-wide. With little more than a stolen dream to guide her, and a growing attraction to a sly Kingdom informant, Rags is about to give the Kingdom four days it’ll never forget—if the bounty on her head doesn’t get her killed first.

The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer

In the ancient moors of Scotland, the king of Calidon lies on his deathbed, cursed by a ring that cannot be removed from his finger. When a mysterious fey stranger appears to save the king, he also carries a secret that could tear the royal family apart.

The kingdom’s only hope will lie with two young men raised worlds apart. Aric is the beloved heir to the throne of Calidon; Albaric is clearly of noble origin yet strangely out of place.

The Oddling Prince is a tale of brothers whose love and loyalty to each other is such that it defies impending warfare, sundering seas, fated hatred, and the very course of time itself. In her long-awaited new fantasy novel, Nancy Springer (the Books of Isle series) explores the darkness of the human heart as well as its unceasing capacity for love.

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

Ride On by Gwen Cole

The law can't help her. But one outlaw can.

In the near post-apocalyptic future, the skies are always gray and people are constantly searching for the sun. For teenage outlaw Seph, it’s the only world he’s ever known. With his horse, his favorite pistol, and his knowledge for survival passed down from his dead father, Seph knows it’s safer to be alone. But after a run-in with a local gang that call themselves the Lawmen, and having been wrongly accused of murder, Seph teams up with Avery—a determined girl whose twin brother has been taken by the same gang.

After living in a small, rundown town her whole life, Avery knows nothing of the Wild—the lands controlled by nobody where travel is risky. With Seph’s help, they track down her brother but quickly find the tables have turned and they are now the ones being hunted. With rumors of mysterious dangers to the south and a safe sanctuary to the west, they’ve only got one option, but getting there won’t be easy with the Lawmen on their trail. The only thing that matters in the Wild is how fast your trigger hand is, but Seph doesn’t know if his will be fast enough to save them all.

Bright Burns The Night by Sara B. Larson

Ten years ago, King Lorcan of the Dark Kingdom Dorjhalon defeated Queen Evelayn and cut her conduit stone from her. Since then, he has kept her trapped in her swan form. With the loss of balance between Dark and Light, winter has descended and the Draíolon of Éadrolan lose more power every day. But once a year, Lorcan transforms her back to her Draíolon form and offers a truce. And every year Evelayn refuses -- for he requires her to Bind herself to him for life.But now, with an Ancient power bearing down upon them, everything may change. Evelayn will learn that the truths she once believed have shattered, and that she may need her enemies even more than her allies. Lorcan and Evelayn become partners in a desperate quest to return the balance of power to Lachalonia. How far will this partnership go? Can friendship -- perhaps even love -- bloom where hatred has taken root?

What ARCs are you reading this month?
Which one are you looking most forward to?
Have you found any new favorites coming out in May?


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