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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sketchy Saturday - Release The Demon



Today is Sketchy Saturday.  The day I draw some fan art of a scene in a book am reading or just finished.  Feel free to join in and leave links in the comments.





Todays sketch is called "Release The Demon", which is based off a scene in a short story by Kelly Armstrong called Lucifer's Daughter.  The story is featured in Blood Lite II.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Shannon's Review - Blood Of Ancient Kings by V.J.O. Gardner

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Title: Blood Of Ancient Kings
Series: Tales of Asculum #1
Author: V.J.O. Gardner
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: V & E Enterprises
Received: from author for review
Release Date: June 2014
Pages: 372
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Shannon’s Thoughts:

The story begins with a death of a Queen  and a birth of a Princess.  A hated King is removed and made a peasant, as highly decorated knight becomes King.  As the old king raises his daughter the new King and Queen raises a son.

There is a lot of repetitive story in Blood Of Ancient Kings and foreshadows, so much that you know where the story is going.  Like the fact the prince has no true name and only his true love can give him a name is set on repeat, along with other parts of story line.  Although the repetitiveness was slightly annoying but the story had charm to it that had me hooked. I still fell for the couple who were foreseen to be.

The repetitiveness was really the only issue I had.  It just sometimes felt like filler to make the book longer, but once I got to the end it was definitely rewarding.

I did fall for the characters therefore I would love to read the next book in the series.   It may not end surprising but it was a fun and comfy read.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shannon's Review - Rocket - Bye by Carole P. Roman



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Title: Rocket-Bye
Series: N/A
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Children's, Picture Book
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Received: From Author for review
Release Date: March 2016
Pages: 32
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Shannon’s Thoughts:

The story of two children zooming around on a rocketship is written with dream like quality. With artwork that is fun, whimsical and smart, this book is a great before bedtime tale.

Author Carole P. Roman has a knack for coming up with cute and informative children's books. Rocket - Bye is no different, as it goes through the planets names and a view of the stars. You and any child will be filled with calm wonder.
I had only one issue with Rocket-bye is that in the part where the children learn the names of the planets, Pluto is the last named.  To my knowledge Pluto is no longer cataloged as a planet.  Or I could be wrong and it may have been changed it back.

Rocket - Bye is for both boys and girls. It is not too challenging to read and is a joy to view as is all of Carole P. Roman’s books.



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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Guest Post by Caroline - 5 Great Podcasts For Avid Readers


5 Great Podcasts for Avid Readers



For the most dedicated of book lovers, simply flicking your way through the pages isn’t enough. True literary fans aim to absorb themselves in all things book-related. When they aren’t reading them, you can bet they’re talking about them, pondering storylines, analyzing characters or second-guessing plot twists.

The age of the internet is upon us, and with accessibility software allowing us to view content all over the world, now you can easily go online to get your fix of all things literature. Podcasts are a fantastic format, and the virtual ages answer to book clubs, and these are five of the best that you should be listening to right now!


A Phone Call From Paul

The extremely simple format of this release has already proven to be a winning formula. Hosted by Literary Hub, each week Paul Holdengraber phones up some of the biggest names in the industry to chat about whichever authors, books and ideas take their fancy.

The debut podcast features Paul’s good friend, Neil Gaiman, and other guests include Salmon Rushdie, Andrew Solomon and many more. So, for a unique insight into the views and opinions of your favorite writers, this is the podcast for you.

NOTE: Although the podcast is available through the website, it’s actually hosted on a Soundcloud player. Because of this, if you live in a country where Soundcloud is blocked, then you’ll have to use a VPN to gain access.

Books On The Nightstand

This is the place to be if you're looking for a book recommendation podcast. Hosted by two well-known publishers, every week they release a new episode discussing some of the best books around, covering everything from classic literature, to modern releases.

The show has won numerous awards, including Best General Review Blog, Best Book Club Blog and Most Eclectic taste in the 2009 Book Blogger Appreciation Week. With new episodes out each Wednesday, it's an excellent way to get inspiration for your weekly reading fix.

Literary Disco

For the quintessential book club podcast, Literary Disco is a great first choice. Made by book nerds, for book nerds, it is basically one step down from meeting up with all your friends to discuss your latest must-reads.

The show was set up by three schoolmates, who missed their intimate discussions, after moving to separate parts of the country, and now they're inviting you along to join them as well. It covers every possible element of books, including writing, film adaptions, the stories behind the fiction, "best of’s” and much, much more, so there’s no shortage of content to sink your teeth into.

Lexicon Valley

Most often than not, book lovers passion goes beyond the stories and into the words themselves. For those with a fascination for etymology and a delight for complex sounds that so deliciously roll off the tongue, then this podcast is for you.

It explores the every corner of language, from syntax and neurolinguistics to the birth and death of different dialects. With nearly 100 releases so far and many more to come, this incredibly unique and interesting podcast is one for all avid readers to explore.

Poetry Off The Shelf

It's not just novels and prose that stimulate exciting discussion; poetry is also a cherished art form that fans of the median love to analyze. Poetry Foundation has long been producing one of the most comprehensive poetry podcasts available: Poetry Off The Shelf.
Each week features a new collection poet and looks at a particular title to discuss. It covers the social, historical and cultural impact that the works have, as well as interviewing critics and other leading authorities in the industry. The colloquial tone of the feature makes it incredibly entertaining and well worth a listen.

About the Author: Caroline is an entertainment and technology blogger and diehard book lover. She loves the fact that the digital world allows her to enjoy books in a whole new way, and hopes she can share some of her favorite resources with fellow readers.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Shannon's Review - The Swans Of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin



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Title: The Swans Of Fifth Avenue
Series: N/A
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Received: from Net Galley
Release Date: January 2016
Pages: 369
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Shannon’s Thoughts:


Based on a real friendship of socialites and an author taking place at a different time in the USA.  Author Truman Capote made a name for himself after writing  Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.  His fame gave him a ticket to parties in New York that would introduce him to a group of woman famous in their own right, for being fashionistas and marrying men with wealth and stature.  Truman’s favorite lady socialite was Babe Paley and he was her favorite as well.  This historical fiction author Melanie Benjamin imagined conversations that probably happened within the “Swans”. Eventually leading towards the downfall of Truman Capote and the change of what is fame and who has it. .


Melanie Benjamin really has a knack for finding the voice of the people she is writing about. Everything feels so truthful as if she was actually in the room with the characters she wrote about.  Since what she is writing about is historical fiction, the characters are real people but the social interactions are imagined by author.


This book did take me a little longer to fall into and really believe the voices.  This could also be because it was the first by Melanie Benjamin that I read in ebook format. I find that I do not connect to the story as well as I do with a physical book.  I also like to draw out reading the end of her books because they are just so good.

Historical fiction books are good after a reading slump because if it is written well enough you want to read other books about people the book is based on. This is the 4th book by Melanie Benjamin all historical fictions and all have been so enjoyable. I now have to wait for her next one.  I hope the wait is not too long.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mumbling Mondays - Where To Start In A Series



Mumbling Mondays - Where To Start In A Series


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So starting a book series can be like deciding which came first the chicken or the egg.  Especially if you are choosing to read the Xanth series by Piers Anthony or the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.  Both are series that have over 20 books and do not have to be read in order. The Discworld and Xanth series have so many characters and span over so many years it like starting a new book not in a series.   There are some hints here and there that connect each book to its series but most of the books are just as good stand alone.


There are other series that it depends on the readers choice. For example I think of an author whose books I use to devour.  That author was V.C. Andrews.  For a long while V.C. Andrews books had a format of 5 books to a series.  The 1st book released would be about a young girl who would go through ups and downs throughout her life and get told through the first 4 books.   Then the 5th book would be a prequel to the 1st book about the young girl’s mother.  I read the books as they were published and I can not imagine having read them any differently because so much would be revealed in that last book.


Then there are books that reading out of order would just make the stories confusing,  I find this happens with really rich fantasy series.  There are books I have started and did not realize the book was part of a series until halfway through.  Once I realized it so many things made sense as to why I did not understand references that I had not known because I read out of order.


For the most part maybe because of my OCD or whatever I try to read in order of the way the books were published.


What book series are you reading?  Do you read them in order of published or random order?
Next Time : Ebook versus Real book