Jun 26, 2016

Building the Book Pile #192

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

I hope everyone had a great week! 
This week was a good one, I had Monday off and didn't really do too much. The rest of the week was REALLY slow at work, then Friday rolled around and I had plans to help a friend surprise someone for their birthday. I was so excited about it too, I woke up with a migraine though and had to trudge through it all day at work, I was able to keep it at a tolerable level for the evening but when we got home at 11 I fell into bed and was out.

Saturday we went to the first Vermont Renaissance Festival in Stowe, VT. It was a cute one, a bunch of vendors and the food was really good - but no turkey legs. We met Robert and Katie Pyle they are a costume/ leather vendor and this was their first show - so some free promotion for them if you like this kind of stuff, their site is TheGrinningDwarf.com
So far the weekend has been a great one, now I am prepping for a trip we leave for on Thursday so I have to get packing and cleaning :/

 I  hope that all of YOU had a wonderful week!
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Coming up on the Blog... 

Recent Reads: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (GN)
Waiting on Wednesday
June 2016 Re-Cap
July 2016 TBR Pile 


  Books Received this Week 

Dancing in the Rain

Dancing in the Rain by Shelley Hrdlitschka From Librarything and Orca Book Publishers for review.

Jun 24, 2016

Recent Reads: Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Escape from Witchwood HollowEscape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth
Publisher:  Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date:  October 29, 2014


Format:  Ebook


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?
Escape from Witchwood Hollow was a very well done young adult/ historical fantasy book about a young girl that moves to Arnn and discovers a legend of a witch in the woods. The story is told through this modern-day young girl but also as the witch, and some of her victims. I loved the way this book formed itself - the young girl learning about the woods and the witch, but then the witch explaining why she fled and lived in the woods, and also the various people she trapped and why she trapped them. It was all very well done. I thought that this sequence of characters would get overwhelming and bothersome but you learned a lot from each character.

The main character is Honoria, who has lost her parents and is still grieving when is moves to Arnn. She is drawn to the woods and the tale of the witch because she believes that she can bring her parents back, so we follow her as she learns about her new town and the witch and tries to see her parents again. 

The witch's story was one of loss, she is chased out of town and lives in the wood trapping people to be her family and Albertine is one of those victims - forced to stay until the witch releases her but on the bright sdie they don't age in the hollow. 

This book was very interesting and I really enjoyed reading the tales of the people trapped and of the witch herself, however I was not very taken by Honoria so the modern aspect was not as enthralling for me. Overall I think that the book was very well put together and I liked the history of the town that was woven through the stories of all the characters. 


Jun 23, 2016

Recent Reads: Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #3 by Jimmy Palmiotti

Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys (2016-) #3
Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #3 by Jimmy Palmiotti
Series: Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #3 of 6
Publisher: DC comics
Publication Date:  August 2016


Format:  Comic
Source: Bought/ Own



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Held captive by the mysterious Harley Sinn, Harley Quinn tries to learn the identity of her captor and what Sinn intends to do with her! But the most significant question of all is why Sinn has been conducting surveillance on the family members of the rest of the Gang of Harleys, and what does she intend to do with them?
Mini Review: 
So I guess since this in only a 6 issue run I will stick out the rest of these comics. We are already half way through anyways.

This one was a bit better then the last anyway so that makes me happy. Again not much Harley in this installment but the Gang of Harleys were entertaining and the action was pretty good.

The gang finally realized who has Harley and are making their way to get to her - hopefully she will be alive when they do ... we won't find out until the next issue. This issue gave us some more backstories about the gang of Harleys and I am beginning to like the characters but they are the same as Harley Quinn - her jokes and the mess she leaves are still my favorite.


Jun 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: We Own the Night by Ashley Poston

 We Own the Night (Radio Hearts #2)
We Own the Night by Ashley Poston
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date:  June 28, 2016


Goodreads Synopsis:  

"Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls..."

As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay "Niteowl" by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock 'n roll and a hard place. She can't wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can't abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer's, or her best friend Micah--who she may or may not be in love with.

But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn't timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She's the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy's manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular-- Dark and Brooding--whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she's in love with Micah or anything. Cause she's not.

As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.

And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.

Why I Am Waiting:
First thing to catch my eye was this vivid cover- so pretty, and after reading Survive the Night I thought this book might be similar - it is not (which is fine) and I really liked the synopsis. I was pleasantly surprised :)

Jun 21, 2016

Recent Reads: Mug Shot by Caroline Fardig

Source:From Chatterbox, Random House and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.

Mug ShotMug Shot by Caroline Fardig
Series: A Java Jive Mystery #2
Publisher:  Alibi
Publication Date:  April 19th, 2016


Format: Ebook



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Former musician Juliet Langley has barely had a day off since taking over management of the coffeehouse owned by her best friend, Pete Bennett. But there's always more to be done—such as prepping for the annual Holiday 5K Race organized by Pete's snobby socialite girlfriend, Cecilia Hollingsworth. This year, Java Jive has a booth right at the finish line, and since Juliet and Cecilia don't always see eye to eye, everything has to be perfect. Nothing can go wrong. Nothing . . . like Juliet stumbling over Cecilia's dead body on the morning of the race.

When Pete is arrested for Cecilia's murder, Juliet sets out to clear his name. She'll do whatever it takes—even if it means standing up to the police, her ex-boyfriend, and the grande dames of Nashville. But there isn't enough espresso in the world for the greatest challenge in her path: infiltrating Nashville's high society to uncover the hidden hotbed of scandal without running afoul of the law herself. With her last dime staked on Pete's bail bond and her staff growing jittery, the last thing Juliet needs is for her trademark temper to land her behind bars. As time drips away, Juliet needs to crack this case before the killer comes back for another shot.
I love to read mysteries and this one was a very good one. I have not read the first book in the series so there was a little confusion about Juliet's backstory but the plot was fine without really knowing too much about book one.  

In this installment Juliet's best friend Pete is accused of murdering his girlfriend but there are a lot of other suspects and Juliet is determined to find out who did it. In her eyes, it certainly was not Pete's doing. Juliet tends to get herself into a lot of trouble and while I loved her devotion to her friend she was a pretty crazy girl. I liked her character though and she was to the point and funny.

The book flowed very well, there was enough information to get you questioning who-done-it but also still full of questions. This book was a very light read even though it was a murder-mystery, I was not emotionally attached to any of the characters but it was still a fun read. Maybe if I had read the previous book there would have been more attachment with the characters

Overall, I think that this was a fun mystery to get out of my comfort of YA and MG books. It was light, funny, and I love a good mystery. I was surprised in the end at who the culprit was and I love when mystery's throw in a twist.

Jun 20, 2016

Blog Blast w/ Giveaway!: The Ceruleans by Megan Tayte

Hello Readers! Another fun day of Book Content for You!
Today I have the pleasure of sharing some information about a Young Adult Romance series...

 The Ceruleans by Megan Tayte

About the Book 1: Death Wish

The Ceruleans: mere mortals infused with power over life and death. Five books; one question: If the might of the heavens were in your hands, would you be sinner or saint?

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.

Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to an isolated English cove with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.

As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.

What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.

To believe the impossible.



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About the Author

Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, Megan is a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. Her fiction – young adult romance with soul – recently earned her the SPR’s Independent Woman Author of the Year award.

Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in the village of Standish, Greater Manchester. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she's not writing, you'll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.


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