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Unveiled, the first book in my new Raven Daughter series is officially released into the wild in both e-book and paperback! This has been the hardest release for me, though not because of the book itself. In the middle of January, everyone in my household, including me, came down with a terrible head and chest […]

via New Release – Unveiled is Here! — A.D.Trosper

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A Little Something Different by: Sandy Hall

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Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is a little aloof, Gabe is shy, and it looks like they are never going to work things out.
But something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at the local Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV series. The bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes Lea and Gabe were meant to be together.
Fall in love with falling in love in this irresistibly romantic, completely original novel!

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2 stars (maybe closer to a 1.5 star book for me)

**small spoilers**

When I first heard about this book I was really excited. I thought that seeing this couple’s romance unfold through the eyes of those around them, would be fun. I was even excited that one of the POV’s was that of a squirrel. Sadly this book didn’t turn out to be quite what I was hoping for. I was a bit put off by the college writing professor that became so obsessed with her “project couple” and the speed at which their relationship was or wasn’t progressing that she became emotionally distraught. And the bus driver that was so worried about listening in on the conversation that the couple was having that he sat through multiple green lights. Then you have the POV of the local park bench that was only worried about the perfict butt setting on it. It wasn’t long before I started skimming the book in an attempt to see if it got any better, but when I could literally read the first sentience in each paragraph for multiple pages and not miss anything important to the story line, I simply finished the book because I knew it wouldn’t take me that long and I felt I owed it to the author if I was going to review the book. I really don’t like to give bad reviews. I know authors work hard on their books and I know not every person is going to love every book. Unfortunately this book just didn’t do it for me.

 

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Death’s Acre by: Bill Bass & Jon Jefferson

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Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass’s: On a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the “Body Farm,” nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science — and the cause of justice. For thirty years, Dr. Bass’s research has revolutionized the field of forensic science, particularly by pinpointing “time since death” in murder cases. In this riveting audio book, he investigates real cases and leads listeners on an unprecedented journey behind the locked gates of the Body Farm. A master scientist and an engaging storyteller, Bass shares his most intriguing work: his revisit of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder, fifty years after the fact; the mystery of a headless corpse whose identity astonished the police; the telltale bugs that finally sent a murderous grandfather to death row; and many more.

Forensic science and murder investigations are among the most fascinating topics of our time. Dominating television and print media the subjects could not be hotter. As one of the world’s leading forensic anthropologists, Dr. Bill Bass is the premier guide to this unusual realm.”

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3 stars

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction books, but this one sounded really interesting so I gave it a shot. I was having a hard time making progress with the book, not because it was boring, but because for me reading usually means getting out of the real world and into a make believe world. With this book it was all about the real world. I finally decided to give the audio book a shot so I could still do something I found relaxing while completing a sometimes depressing story about the evil things that can happen in life and the people that try to solve those cases.  Once I switched to audio book I was able to complete the book very quickly. I found it very interesting to see just how the Body Farm came to be and all the good that has come from it.

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The Legend of Holly Claus by: Brittney Ryan

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Santa Claus’s daughter, Holly, comes to Earth seeking an end to the curse cast upon her and the Land of the Immortals by an evil wizard, whose own punishment will end only if Holly willingly gives him her pure heart.

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3 stars

According to Goodreads everyone seems to file this book under Fantasy, but I got a much stronger Fairy Tale feeling while reading it. The basic story line is…Princess baby is born, a curse is placed on the kingdom, princess must grow up and save her kingdom. Throw in a little unexpected romance and you have the complete Fairy Tale package. That being said, I really did enjoy this book. Even though Holly is the daughter of Santa Claus and Christmas is mentioned many times in the book, it didn’t really feel like a Christmas story to me. The Fantasy aspects of the book made it more of a fun winter read than just a holiday read. Laurel Long did an amazing job on the illustrations and they really added to the overall enjoyment of this book.

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Beautiful Disaster by: Jamie McGuire (Beautiful #1)

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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs – and wants- to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the most-eligible college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charm, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has finally met his match.”

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3 stars

I’ve heard a lot about the basic premise of this book over the last few years, but had somehow managed to avoid any actual spoilers. The one thing I did know was that I wasn’t really going to care for the moral values or most of the decisions made by the leading characters. I’m actually glad I knew what I did, because I went into the book as nothing more than a chance to shake my head at and, yes, even judge the characters. And that is why it got a 3 star rating. If I had gone in hoping to like the characters and wanting a sweet romance, I would have been highly disappointed. And would have given it a much lower rating. Instead I found it to be an entertaining, fast paced train-wreck (as in it was hard to look away from.) I still can’t believe how it ended. Co-dependence is a confusing thing.

I enjoyed the author’s writing style with one exception. Her repetitive description of almost every kiss starting out with someone placing both hands on each side of the other person’s face. I am interested in reading the companion book, Walking Disaster, which sounds like it’s going to be the same story told from Travis’s point of view. I’m also interested in reading other books by this author.

Bookworm Emotions

Thought this was funny and worth a share. I’ll never look at emotion the same again.

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I ordered these books from Book Outlet on December 26, 2016 during their Boxing Day sale. Since they didn’t arrived until January 7, 2017 I’m counting them as a book haul for this year.

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The Only Pirate at the Party  by: Lindsey Stirling

Calamity (Reckoners #3)  by: Brandon Sanderson

Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4)  by: Gail Carriger

The Inquisition (Summoner #2)  by: Taran Matharu

The Walls Around Us  by: Nova Ren Suma

A Madness So Discreet  by: Mindy McGinnis

Empire of Night (Age of Legends #2)  by: Kelley Armstrong

Claim God’s Grace

New post on my blog, Touching the Heart.

Touching the Heart

Acts 20:24 (NIV)

24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

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I recently made a trip into the city, which meant a stop at Half Price Books.

I was excited to find several books that have been on my radar for some time now.

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The Riyria Revelations Trilogy  by: Michael Sullivan

1. Theft of Swords   2. Rise of Empire   3. Heir of Norvon

Half the World (Shattered Sea trilogy #2)  by: Joe Abercrombie (I’ve already read this trilogy from the library and loved it. Now I’m trying to collect a copy for myself.)

Here, There Be Dragons (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #1)  by: James A. Owen

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)  by: Jessica Spotswood  (I have the first book, but haven’t started reading this series yet.)

Uglies (Uglies #1)  by: Scott Westerfeld

Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1)  by: Sebastien De Castell

 

 

Bead-A-Book Jar 2017

This year in addition to tracking my books read on my Goodreads page, I will be using my Bead-A-Book jar. For every book I finish I’ll put a bead into my jar. At the end of the year I’ll string them all together and hang them in my mom cave/book room. I selected a different bead for each of the 11 genres that I thought I might read something from.

  1. Fairy Tale Inspired – Red with Silver
  2. Fantasy/Science Fiction – Metallic Blue with Gold
  3. Paranormal Romance – Lt. Blue
  4. Contemporary Romance – Pink
  5. Historical Romance – Orange with flowers
  6. Christian – Silver
  7. Contemporary – Purple
  8. Horror/Paranormal – Red/Blue splatter
  9. Mystery – Black with Gold
  10. Graphic Novel – Green
  11. Nonfiction – Peach

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My Bead-A-Book jar was inspired by one of my favorite booktubers, Giselle Bradley. Since I don’t know how to fold origami, but I have lots of beads on hand, I made a small adjustment to my jar. She does have a link to where she learned to fold the stars, but I’d already picked out my beads before I noticed the link. 😉

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