Feb 28, 2017

Monthly Re-Cap: February 2017

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Wow... another month into 2017. I think that I got a bit back on track this month but I never really can tell as the TBR pile continues to grow :/

     ~~Books Read in Febraury~~     

    Real Friends The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) The Name of Death Unblemished (Unblemished #1)  Little Blue Chair The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2) 24690856  Kyle Evans and the Deadly Plague (Kyle Evans #2)  Dead Girls Society 

How did I do on my February TBR?
I finished __ books on my list of 3.
~~Coming soon~~  
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and Leuyen Pham (GN, MG)
  • Lady Mechanika Vol 1: The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benitez (GN) 
  • Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys (YA)

Feb 27, 2017

Recent Reads: Kyle Evans and the Deadly Plague by Rob Hunt

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

Kyle Evans and the Deadly Plague (Kyle Evans #2)Kyle Evans and the Deadly Plague by Rob Hunt
Series: Kyle Evans #2
Publisher:  Rob Hunt
Publication Date:  November 7, 2016

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Paperback



Goodreads Synopsis: 
After narrowly escaping from an alien zoo, Kyle is looking forward to a normal life once again. Unfortunately for him and his best friend Sofia, his troubles have only just begun. A blue dot that suddenly appears on his elbow signals the beginning of another crazy adventure featuring hungry Gomes, sneaky Pliskins, the mysterious Azda Fains and, of course, the cat who is not a cat – Bootles. Kyle Evans and the Deadly Plague is the second installment in the exciting Kyle Evans trilogy. 

Kyle and Sofia have contracted a deadly plague and Bootles, the alien in cat form, has to travel in space to cure them. That isn't easy with the evil Commander still after him...

Rob Hunt does not disappoint with book two in the Kyle Evans series. The book is simply put  'out of this world' (pun intended) with crazy creatures, action and adventure.  Younger readers will love this series, it is full of space, monsters, battles, and dangerous feats. It is also pretty short, with short chapters at about 140/50 pages, it is a quick and easy read for all ages. 

You can't help but have a fondness for the crazy cat who always has a plan but also sometimes just goes for it- even if that means possible death. The humn characters are fun too, but mostly because other than their alien cat, they are pretty normal kids. I think they are relatable and they handle their situations very well. 

Hunt has a wonderful imagination and it shows in these books, the monsters and creatures sound insane but they fit. The planets and worlds he builds are just as enjoyable. Overall I think this is a wonderfully imaginative and creative sci-fi that anyone will enjoy.   


About the Author  
Rob H. Hunt is the author of Flicker and Kyle Evans and the Key to the Universe. He loves to write stories about ordinary kids who find themselves in extraordinary situations, like Joel (FLICKER) who wakes up one day and discovers that nobody know who he is, or Kyle (KYLE EVANS AND THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE) who learns that his cat is not really a cat at all.

Rob loves to read (too many books to mention!), watch TV, drive his bright red car (but not at the same time as reading or watching TV) and spend time hanging out with his family. Speaking of family, Rob lives in Connecticut with his wife, three sons and pet goldfish.

Find the Author 
Email: RobHHunt@gmail.com

Feb 26, 2017

Building the Book Pile #133

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 
This week was a blogging and reading win for me. I finished a bunch of books and got all the reviews posted that I wanted to have up in the previous week.  YAY! This week I am traveling for vacation but the blog should have goodies for you while I am gone and hopefully I will get some more reading done to prepare for the next week :P I hope everyone is having a great winter still but I am SO ready for spring and warm weather!

  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!
More coming soon

Coming up on the Blog...

Recent Reads:Kyle Evans and the Deadly Plague by Rob Hunt (MG)
February Re-Cap
March 2017 TBR Pile
Early Reader Review: Queen of the Frogs by Davide Cali (Youth)
Recent Reads: Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys (YA)


Books Received this Week

Lady Mechanika Vol. 2: The Tablet of Destinies (The Tablet of Destinies, #1-6)
Lady Mechankia Vol 2 by Joe Benitez and MM Chen from Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley for review. 

Have you missed anything lately?
New Page: 2017 Reading Challenges 

Week of February 20 - February 25

Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!
Happy Reading!

Feb 24, 2017

Recent Reads: Unblemished by Sara Ella

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

Unblemished (Unblemished #1)Unblemished by Sara Ella
Series: Unblemished #1
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/ HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 11, 2016

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Hardback



Goodreads Synopsis: 
Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?
Ah! I didn't realize that this was the beginning of a series and now I need more! It took me a little while to pick this one up but as soon as I did it was a pretty quick read. It is pretty fast paced throughout and the world building is very engrossing. The story follows Eliyana, a girl with a mark on her face, as she learns that there is another realm and that she has a very large place in it. There are loads of bad guys trying to capture her and there are a few love interests as well. 

Eliyana is used to being in the dark, hiding, and when her mother passes away that changes almost instantly. Then she is pulled into a war that she didn't even know existed but she is strong and she is capable and all she wants is to figure out the answers

The plot was pretty normal - good versus evil, light versus dark, a second world and the people in it have abilities that vary, and a kind of love triangle as well. So that was pretty straight forward but at the end of the book there were a lot of twists having to do with the characters and how they are involved that really grabbed my attention. I really liked all the characters even though there were a lot of tropes used and I think that if you are a fan of fantasy this would be a lively read for you.