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My August TBR: An Experiment In Mood Reading

My August TBR: An Experiment In Mood Reading

♥️ Hi Everyone! ♥️ It has been so long since my last entry here! This summer has been so busy! As I come to the end of it and the beginning of a new year of home school with my kiddos I have been feeling like it is a good start for some new goals. It is a perfect time for a reboot and a fresh start. One goal I have is to have more blog entries. I mostly look at this blog as a way to decompress, keep myself accountable, have some good discussion, and really just a fun way to keep a record an

BrandieNoel

BrandieNoel

Chapel Street by Sean Paul Murphy Review

Chapel Street by Sean Paul Murphy Review

Chapel Street is a horror novel written by Sean Paul Murphy and was published in July of 2020.  Synopsis: This book was inspired by real life events the author experienced.  There is some information online that he has posted about it, but I'm only reviewing this book as a stand alone story.  I have not read more into the backstory and his experiences. What I Liked: There are some new ideas presented here that had potential. It handles difficult topics pretty resp

Lasraik

Lasraik

Nightmare by Chad Nicholas Review

Nightmare by Chad Nicholas Review

Nightmare is a horror novel written by Chad Nicholas and was published in October of 2020 Synopsis:   What I Liked: This story keeps you guessing until the very end, and keeps you thinking about the book days after you've finished.  There are so many times I've gone back to try to catch clues or things I missed. There are some terrifying and gut wrenching moments. This book could be read in one sitting, it flows really well and it's very ha

Lasraik

Lasraik

Escape Reality by Kayla Frost Review

Escape Reality by Kayla Frost Review

Escape Reality is a science fiction novel written by Kayla Frost and was published in November of 2020.  It's free to read with a Kindle Unlimited subscription or you can order the paperback. It is the Gold Award winner in the 2020 - 2021 Reader Views Literary Awards Synopsis:   What I Liked: The world building.  It surprised me how deep and lush a world Kayla Frost creates, especially this being her first novel.  There is a whole universe that is created and fleshe

Lasraik

Lasraik

Kings of Ash by Richard Nell Review

Kings of Ash by Richard Nell Review

Kings of Ash is the second book in the Ash and Sand trilogy and was published in January of 2019. https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Ash-Sand-Book-ebook/dp/B07KMTW9BB Synopsis: What I Liked: Ruka.  He's one of my all time favorite characters, not only in fantasy but overall.  He has some great quotes in this book that make me a bigger fan. In my Kings of Paradise review I mentioned that there were some parts of the story that felt as though they were missing.  Without a

Lasraik

Lasraik

My 2021 Garden

My 2021 Garden

Hey All! Happy Spring! Time to grow stuff!  🍅 I have always loved growing stuff but also love my dogs and took breaks because it was really hard for both to coexist. The hubby built some great raised beds so that I could start back up last year. I can grow vertically on the trellises and the dogs seem to stay out of it for the most part. Although, we have one naughty guy that likes to jump in and run through.... but we are working on that. 🐶   I also started watching Roots a
My May TBR

My May TBR

Happy May! 🌷 I am new at the blogging thing but I thought the best place to start would be my reading list for May. I am usually a romance reader with a little bit of fantasy mixed in. My husband has his book club and all sorts of buddy reads that he has been joining in on, he asked me to join in with him and I thought it would be fun to expand my horizons. I wasn't sure how that would go, but so far there hasn't been a single book that he picked that I didn't like. 🙈 Books in May
Nocturne: A Collection of Dark Tales by H.B. Diaz Review

Nocturne: A Collection of Dark Tales by H.B. Diaz Review

Nocturne was written by H.B. Diaz it's a collection of short stories and was published in December of 2020 A synopsis from Amazon:   Because this is a collection of short stories, this review won't be in my usual format (What I liked, didn't like, rating ect.). I picked this book up on a whim when I saw a Twitter thread a few weeks ago where authors were promoting their independent books.  I grabbed a handful of books and intended to get to them when I could squeeze them in

Lasraik

Lasraik

Red Harvest Moon by Miles Hurt

Red Harvest Moon by Miles Hurt

Red Harvest Moon was published in 2021 is the first book in the Wandering Knife series.  The book is available on Kindle Unlimited. I received a digital copy of this book from the author for an honest review.  I also purchased a paper copy on my own to support the author. Synopsis via Goodreads:   What I Liked: The characters were likable and fun.  Their banter back and fourth was hilarious and genuine. The environments are described very well.  You always kn

Lasraik

Lasraik

Crackle and Fire Book by Russ Colchamiro Review

Crackle and Fire Book by Russ Colchamiro Review

Crackle and Fire is the first book in the Angela Harwicke Mysterys series. I was provided a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis:   What I liked: In what feels like a lifetime ago, I was a Private Investigator for a period of time.  This story took me back to those days.  I wonder if the author either has been a PI at some point or knows someone who has. The environments are vibrant The book is fast paced with lots of tw

Lasraik

Lasraik

Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell Review

Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell Review

Kings of Paradise is the first installment in the Ash and Sand trilogy Synopsis:   What I Liked: The plot moves smoothly from one POV to the other, each character has it's own distinct voice and background. The characters make both heroic and horrific decisions though the story, but because you feel as though you've been on this journey with them you have a little bit of sympathy when you probably shouldn't.  You care for the characters in the world even when they

Lasraik

Lasraik

Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab Review

Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab Review

Vicious is a fantasy and science fiction novel written by V.E. Schwab and was published in 2013.  It's the first book in the Villains series. A synopsis: What I Liked: Strong character development.  This isn't a good vs. evil kind of book.  At a point in the book one of the characters says "There are no good men in this game" and that sums up the characters.  I've heard other reviewers say they couldn't enjoy this book because none of the characters are "good".  That's

Lasraik

Lasraik

'One Way' by Jeff Lane (February 2021 read-along)

'One Way' by Jeff Lane (February 2021 read-along)

One Way is a novel written by Jeff Lane and was published in 2013.  The book is being adapted into a movie (more on that later). For full transparency: when we announced the book club, Jeff Lane contact me on Twitter and offered a free digital version of one of his books to anyone who joined the book club.  I bought myself and my wife paperback copies and a digital copy via Amazon.  A few other book club members received a free copy and a couple opted to purchase the book.  Mr. Lane gifted

Lasraik

Lasraik

 

All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries Review

All Systems Red is a science fiction novella written by Martha Wells and was published in May of 2017 and is the first book in a 6 part Murderbot series. A synopsis: With a title like Murderbot, I was expecting this: It was the exact opposite of that. What I liked: This book is pretty funny.  The humor is my type of droll humor I enjoy.  I laughed out loud more than a few times. Especially now we can all relate to just wanting to be left alone and those

Lasraik

Lasraik

Priest of Bones Review (January 2021 Read-along)

Priest of Bones Review (January 2021 Read-along)

Priest of Bones is a fantasy (grimdark) book written by Peter McClean and was published in 2018.  It's the first book in the War for the Rose Thorn series.  There are plans to adapt the series for television. A warning that this book contains violence and abuse of children, so if that's something you're sensitive to you may want to steer clear of this one. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this, it was the first time dipping my toes in grim dark fantasy.  I was expecting somethin

Lasraik

Lasraik

 

[RNA] Ravnica Allegiance Draft - Mar 3, 2019

We had another casual draft at Mind Games in Burnaby. There were 7 of us, including 4 newer players. They were teens, and this was their first ever draft. They knew generally how to play the game, but we had to walk them through a bit of the process of drafting and deckbuilding. My first pick was a Kaya's Wrath (nice!). I took Sharktocrab with my second pick, and I wanted to stay a bit open. With newer drafters, I wasn't sure if signals might be messed up. I did waffle a bit (my bad habit),

JesGolbez

JesGolbez

 

Chaos Draft! Feb 4, 2019

My local LGS, Mind Games in Metrotown, held a Chaos! Draft on Sunday, February 4th. I have done Chaos drafts only a few times in my life, and rarely for 1-on-1 battles. I picked my packs first, and went with Battlebond for funsies, Dominaria, and then Ravnica Allegiance. The store decided to not include any Masters sets...and has really only newer/Standard sets, so no Lorwyn or anything like that.   The deck: I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of the others pla

JesGolbez

JesGolbez

 

RNA Draft Recap #1

I finally got a chance to do a paper draft of the new Ravnica set, although it was bittersweet as the LGS (Core Games in Richmond, BC) is closing. It isn’t THAT close to me (25-30 mins away), but my friend plays there almost every week. Thanks to rising rents and another LGS pilfering players away, the store is closing as of Feb 1st. 12 of us were there for the final draft, split into two pods of 6. I took Forbidding Spirit (Hey @MTGZuby ) with my first pack, as the rare was rubbish. For mo

JesGolbez

JesGolbez

 

Draft Report (Guilds of Ravnica) #1

I got a chance to do my first paper draft of a competitive format in many months (Unstable being my last, if you call that competitive), as I drafted Guilds of Ravnica this past Friday. As you can see, I ended up with a very low-cost Dimir deck that was thick on control and thin on beefy win conditions.  RECORD: 2-0-1 (amazingly…) DRAFT – My first pick was the Price of Fame over the rare blue copy spell. I figured I wanted to be Dimir or Golgari and hard removal is a good first pic

JesGolbez

JesGolbez

 

[A25] Personal Draft Recap (March 19, 2018)

I actually got a chance to draft Masters 25 (A25) last night. A generous fellow let us draft from his box, although we had to give the cards back. No Jaces cracked, but I saw an Ensnaring bridge. I ended up with a fairly aggressive black-green deck, although I waffled and had picked some early blue cards. The signals were hard to read, and both of my colours were being picked a lot. Still, I managed to get enough cheap beaters, removal, and pump spells, to cobble together a decent cur

JesGolbez

JesGolbez

 

Legacy Weapon #32 – Aluren, Part II

There are no teachers here in Legacy Weapon, just slightly more talkative students. Today, we continue to dress up like experts and finish a Deck Tech on Drew’s deck, Aluren! Get ready to get ready to get ready.  It’s another episode of Legacy Weapon! (more…) View the full article

Jamie7keller

Jamie7keller

 

The Jazz Reviews Mass Effect Andromeda

For my first ever Blog review, lets start with a game that is... controversial in its quality.  But before we begin, let me qualify my post with certain facts first that may or may not influence your perceived credibility of my review. I did not purchase the game for myself, having lost general interest in the Mass Effect series as a whole.  I purchased it for my partner, who is a big Mass Effect fangirl, and did not initially plan on playing it.  I also bought it on PS4, since my partner's

Jazz

Jazz

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    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 7
      ♥️ Hi Everyone! ♥️
      It has been so long since my last entry here! This summer has been so busy! As I come to the end of it and the beginning of a new year of home school with my kiddos I have been feeling like it is a good start for some new goals. It is a perfect time for a reboot and a fresh start. One goal I have is to have more blog entries. I mostly look at this blog as a way to decompress, keep myself accountable, have some good discussion, and really just a fun way to keep a record and have a place to look back at what I have been up to. I have more August goals that include fitness, diet, and recipes, because I have really fallen off in those departments as well (but more on that later).
      Lately I have been having discussions and have heard the term "mood reader" thrown out there. To me I take that to mean that a person would read according to mood, right?! I would be interested to hear all of your thoughts on what it means to you...comment below!
      I am not sure if I am a mood reader. I am suspecting that I am. I think I might feel like I need to be in a certain mood in order to really enjoy a good book. So I decided this month to come up with a list of books that I really want to read. There are MANY on this list.... No I will probably NOT get to them all. The plan is to give myself plenty of different options. Rather than stick to a list and a schedule I hope to pick based on my mood after finishing the previous book. I am a part of some buddy/group reads, so I know that I will have a few books that need to be finished before discussions happen. But for the most part I will just see where the mood takes me!       😀😆🤔😍🥵🧐😢🤬🤪
      These are group/buddy reads I am doing, books that I will read for sure (hopefully) in August:
       
       
      Emma by Jane Austen ♥️
      My sweet friend @Stacyejaye sent this book to me! We have been trying to read a Jane Austen every month. This will be our book for August. I have never read this one! I can't wait to read it! Hoping to get to it ASAP! Jane Austen is always a comfort read.
       

      Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand #1) By Richard Nell ☠️
      We are starting Kings of Paradise in August.  We will be Kicking it off with some reading sprints. Come read with us! This is a re-read for me. My favorite series that I have read this year so far! Looking forward to seeing what you all think of Ash and Sand!
       

      River of Thieves (Thieves' Lyric #1) By Clayton Snyder ☠️
      I am still on the fence about this but it looks small and sounds good so if I feel up to it, I may join the buddy read for  River of Thieves.
       
       

       
      Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) By Ilona Andrews ❤️
      @Stacyejaye, @Jolien Reads, @Ashley/ReadNowSleepLtr and I are doing our monthly 24 hour read-a-thon with this book! I got this book on kindle for $2.99! Excited to read it but mostly, the read-a-thons are just a blast! I always have a great time reading, chatting, and laughing with the ladies! If you want to join, check out the calendar. The more, the merrier!
       
       

      The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower #1) By Stephen King 😱
      We are starting The Dark Tower series this month. Also not a big book, but I am interested to see if I like this series. I don't usually read a lot of horror, I am expanding my horizons! Discussion for this book is August 22nd.
       
       

      Queen of Fire (A Raven's Shadow #3) By Anthony Ryan ☠️
      This is a buddy read we are doing with @Jolien Reads! I am still reading book two Tower Lord as of August 1st.  So far really enjoying this series. I will get to this one before our discussion on September 4th.
       
      NOW .... on to my mood reading options for August that I will be reading between group reads: 😀😆🤔😍🥵🧐😢🤬🤪
       

      Royal Assassin (Farseer #2) By Robin Hobb ☠️
      I loved everything about Assassin's Apprentice and cannot wait to find out what is next! I think I will for sure be in the mood to get to this. I wanted to read it in July but it didn't happen.
       

      The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5) By Andrezej Sapkowski ☠️
      I am starting the Witcher series in anticipation of the second season that will come to Netflix in December. This has been a series that I have wanted to read for a while. My son has read the whole series an loved it so much he is actually planning a re-read soon.
       
       

      Sleepwalking (Nightmareland #3) By Daniel Banett  😱
      I enjoyed the first two in this series! As I said before, I am not a huge reader of horror, these books are short and to the point, helpful in my effort to read more of it. With that being said, I find Daniel Barnett's books to be beautifully written. I really enjoy his writing style.
       

      The Queens Gambit By Walter Trevis 🤔
      This book I picked up a couple of weeks ago at Target. I was just browsing around and grabbed it. I have been wanting to watch the show. I am not always the best at reading the book first. I usually will watch a show and then have no desire afterward to read the book.  Book first, adaptation later!
       

      A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thornes and Roses #3.1) By Sarah J. Maas ❤️
      As of today, August 1st, I am still reading book 3 in this series, A Court of Wings and Ruin. I WILL finish today! This series is so good. I have a weakness for faeries and romance. I have loved everything about these books! ACOFAS is a novella that came after the trilogy. I do not know anything about it at this point. I just didn't want to read any of the synopsis in case it spoils the original trilogy for me.
       
       

      Hands Down By Mariana Zapata ❤️
      This WILL happen! Anyone who knows me, knows that I am OBSESSED with this author. She makes a 500-600 page book feel like 100 pages. Hands Down is her newest book and the last book I have left to read of hers. I am so sad, but excited! I am going in blind, but I predict that the hero may be a character from The Wall of Winnepeg. Just a guess, we will see if I'm right. Mariana has a way of introducing you briefly to a character in one book, enough that you are endeared to that character.  I am always excited when I start a book and find out who it follows, some are new characters and some are that character that just had a small part in a previous story. This is why I read all of her books in chronological order. They are and can be read as stand alone novels. But you miss the little hints and easter eggs of previous characters.
       

      Smitten By Lauren Rowe ❤️
      I finished Rowe's Morgan Brothers series in June. I had never read any of her books before and I found that series to be enjoyable. They were a great mix of funny, steamy and had some emotional story lines. Smitten is a spin off of sorts, from the Morgan Brothers series. The main character being a friend of one of the brothers. He was in the books but I am excited to read more about him. I have heard that this is a sweet friends to lovers story.
       

      The Gravity of Us (Elements #4) By Brittainy C. Cherry ❤️
      I have been reading through this series one a month for a few months now. They are stand alone and can be read in any order. But of course, my OCD has me reading them in order. Cherry is a beautiful writer. These stories always have tragedy, humor, steam, and always bring me to tears. Brittainy has a brilliant way of evoking all of the emotions. I just love everything I have read that she has written.
       

      That Second Chance (Getting Lucky #1) By Meghan Quinn ❤️
      If I read this, it will be my first experience reading Meghan Quinn. I have heard a lot of good things and have been wanting to try reading some of her books for a while now. I am going in blind so I am not even sure what to expect.
       

      You Slay Me (Aisling Gey #1) by Katie MacAlister ❤️
      This book! I am anxious to check it out! My friend @Stacyejaye recommended it as a fun and steamy palette cleanser between the heavy stuff. Sign me up!
       

      The Carrero Contract- Selling Your Soul; Alexi & Camilla (Carerro #7) By L.T. Marshall ❤️
      This is a series I started at the beginning of the year. After a little break I am hoping to pick it back up and finish. It is broken up into sets of three. It changes character perspective every three books. I really loved the first six books. They were steamy and sometimes funny, a billionaire romance with a hint of mafia. There are some harsh topics that are approached in these books and can at times be very dark.  Each book usually leaves on a cliff hanger making it hard for me not to just jump right into the next one.
       

      And last but not least 🧐 ......
      I found this beautiful collection of Sherlock Holmes at Costco. The retail price listed on the box was $59.99, but I got it for $29.99! If you have a Costco membership and your store has it GO GET IT!! It was a steal! The books are beautiful! I have never read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Since watching the show Sherlock with our group I have really been wanting to read the stories and re-watch the show to see if I can find the little easter eggs that I know will be there from the books. I also think a short mystery here and there would be a great option for my mood reading experiment!
       
      Those are my options! But who knows?! Maybe I will be in the mood for something not on this list! I will do weekly updates and share where my mood takes me! Should be fun!
      What are you all reading this month?
      Happy August and happy reading!! ❤️
       
       
    • By Lasraik in Steve's Book Reviews 0
      Chapel Street is a horror novel written by Sean Paul Murphy and was published in July of 2020. 
      Synopsis:
      This book was inspired by real life events the author experienced.  There is some information online that he has posted about it, but I'm only reviewing this book as a stand alone story.  I have not read more into the backstory and his experiences.
      What I Liked:
      There are some new ideas presented here that had potential. It handles difficult topics pretty respectfully. It's fast paced. The characters investigate past events that were interesting and engaging. What I Didn't Like:
      The main character is unlikable. Acronyms like WTF are used several times unironically. The new ideas mentioned earlier are not executed well.  Especially a romance that develops but feels forced. It's not scary. Final Thoughts and Rating:
      I had high hopes for this one, because there were comparisons a movie I really enjoy on the cover (Hereditary) but I came away disappointed.  There's something I call the Cloverfield Effect.  In the movie Cloverfield many of the characters were so pretentious and unlikable that I was rooting for the monster.  The same thing happened here, he is hard to root for.  I'm a huge fan of grey characters and anti-hero's but if that was the goal it was not executed well.  The history of the villain had potential, but in execution was not scary and felt silly. 
      I'm going to rate Chapel Street 2 stars out of 5.
       
       
       
    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 7
      Hey All! Happy Spring! Time to grow stuff!  🍅
      I have always loved growing stuff but also love my dogs and took breaks because it was really hard for both to coexist. The hubby built some great raised beds so that I could start back up last year. I can grow vertically on the trellises and the dogs seem to stay out of it for the most part. Although, we have one naughty guy that likes to jump in and run through.... but we are working on that. 🐶

       
      I also started watching Roots and Refuge on youtube. Such a fun and inspirational channel with lots of information.  Jess is very encouraging and has so many great tips. If gardening is your thing or you just want to get started, this channel is a great place to start! She even wrote a book that came out this year!
      https://www.youtube.com/c/RootsandRefugeFarm

      Jessica's Book
      Last year the garden was great. We had lots of squash, kale, herbs, and a ton of cucumbers. The trellises were great for growing cucumbers, but they were really heavy. I have a better plan for that this year. Before the vertical growing gets out of hand we will need to secure the structure a little more. I am thinking some pvc will help.
      I wanted to share what I have going on this year so far. I planted everything from seed this year about mid March, which is about when we have our last frost here in our area of New Mexico. My hope is to post the baby plants now and then do updates as I go. 🌱
       

      You can see here that the trellises took a little bit of a beating last year. I had tons of lemon cucumbers that grew like crazy and were just so heavy.
       

      Purple Peas! 🐛
      I am super excited about these! I planted peas last year and could NOT get them to take off! So far so good!
       

      Bush Beans! 🌿
      These do really well here and last year I had a lot of success with them. We put them in salads, fried them up in a pan, and I even pickled some last year and they came out really good.
       
       
       

      My daughter and I like to seed save. Last year we bought some delicata squash and discovered we really like them. They are sweet like a butternut squash and were really good roasted. We saved the seeds and let them dry out before placing them in a paper envelope. They were actually the first squash to pop up in the garden. 🍃
      We also saved some spaghetti squash seeds last fall (the bigger plants in the background). I am so excited that these are really taking off too. I am going to see if I can get these to grow vertically. Fingers Crossed!
      And to the left our yellow squash is starting to get going too. 🌾
       

      See that tiny little guy there? Cucamelon. I REALLY want to grow these! I hear they are a little sweet like a melon but also sort of like a cucumber. They are small little balls when you harvest them. They are really cute! I planted so many seeds. And so far this is all I have! They climb and they are light. I just think they would be perfect, if I could only get them going! 🍀
       
       

      I can always seem to get zucchini to grow like crazy, which is great because we eat a lot of it! 🌱
       
       

      I always have great success with basil. This year I am fighting a sow bug infestation and of all things they are eating at my basil. They also ate all of my lemon cucumber plants. I am controlling it with food grade diatomaceous earth. And they seem like they are starting to disappear. I also use diatomaceous earth to keep squash bugs under control. It really works and you don't have use pesticides and still keep an organic garden. Unfortunately pests are just part of the process. 🌿

      Diatomaceous Earth 🐛
       
       

      These chives are actually from last year. They survived the frosts from the winter and are going stronger than they were last year. Pretty crazy. 🌱
       
       

      Cilantro is the only other herb I have coming up so far.  I planted mint and dill. The sow bugs ate my dill and the mint has yet to make an appearance. I am trying dill again. I really like having it because we are trying to grow pickling cucumbers again. 🌿
       
       

      Speaking of pickles... These are also great climbers! 🥒
       
       

      Lettuce! 🥬
       
       

      We make a lot of Zuppa Toscana soup, plus the hubs just loves kale. Two different varieties here. One is just the regular curly kind and the other is a Tuscan kale, or I have also heard it referred to as dinosaur kale. 🥬
      #teamkale 😜
       
       

      Some red scallions and in the front, my daughter took a yellow onion from the kitchen and made it into 3 different onion plants. It was something she read that she could do and wanted to try it. Seems like it's working out! 🧅
       
       

      And last, we have German chamomile. We drink a lot of chamomile lose leaf tea, especially the hubs. I saw a video on the Roots and Refuge channel where Jess grows hers and makes her own tea leaves. I am excited to try! I do have some Egyptian chamomile I am going to try and get started too. 🌼
       
      Well there it is! My 2021 garden....so far. What is everyone else growing? Do you all have any tips or tricks when it comes to growing stuff? 🥦
       
    • By Lasraik in Steve's Book Reviews 0
      Nightmare is a horror novel written by Chad Nicholas and was published in October of 2020
      Synopsis:
       
      What I Liked:
      This story keeps you guessing until the very end, and keeps you thinking about the book days after you've finished.  There are so many times I've gone back to try to catch clues or things I missed. There are some terrifying and gut wrenching moments. This book could be read in one sitting, it flows really well and it's very hard to put down.  It's a fast paced read and a heck of a ride. Lots of clues hidden in the book.  
      What I Didn't Like:
      I know I'm going to sound hypocritical here, but sometimes it's almost too fast paced.  Some scenes could have used a little bit more time to breathe and develop.  
      Final Thoughts and Rating:
      I kept hearing that this is a book you'll read and have to talk about after and they were right.  I'm usually pretty good at guessing where a story will go and see twists coming but I had no idea what was going to happen or where the story was going.  It's a great ride and a very impressive debut novel from Chad Nicholas.
      5 creepy post it notes out of 5
       
       
    • By Lasraik in Steve's Book Reviews 0
      Escape Reality is a science fiction novel written by Kayla Frost and was published in November of 2020.  It's free to read with a Kindle Unlimited subscription or you can order the paperback.
      It is the Gold Award winner in the 2020 - 2021 Reader Views Literary Awards
      Synopsis:
       
      What I Liked:
      The world building.  It surprised me how deep and lush a world Kayla Frost creates, especially this being her first novel.  There is a whole universe that is created and fleshed out.  This isn't easy to do. There are lots of surprises, this book doesn't play it safe lots of times. It sets up the rest of the series and establishes our set of characters and their back stories. I've heard this as a something some reviewers weren't crazy about but I really enjoyed the way the story unravels and starts to pick up speed.  The reveals were satisfying and sometimes heart wrenching. I'm still getting my legs on "hard" science fiction, sometimes I have a hard time understanding how the world and technology works.  In the beginning of this book it did take me a little bit to get a handle on the universe, but I kept with it and I was satisfied with the speed of the reveals and explanations.  I'm trying harder to trust the author and just enjoy the ride instead of trying to understand everything before turning the page. Environments and as silly as it sounds, sounds were so well described I felt like I was in the world hearing the automated voices. What I Didn't Like:
      Something that takes me out of the story, especially in fiction is when characters use modern phrases or slang.  It's more of something that is specific to me and my preferences but it didn't happen too often. As much as I enjoyed the reveals, some of them took a little longer than I expected.  Final thoughts and rating:
      If you're like me and sometimes get lost in hard science fiction, be patient and go along for the ride.  The world building and environments were so well done that I felt like I was there.  I was really impressed with the amount of detail that Kayla Frost put into this universe.  If you enjoy complex and detailed science fiction with lots of world building and interesting characters - give this book a read. 
      4 Corrupted memory data dumps out of 5
       
       
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    • 14 minutes ago, Ashley/ReadNowSleepLtr said:

      This is a good looking tbr! I briefly remember ACOWAR so I'm considering skimming through it and moving on to Frost and Starlight. Wheres E.L James at? XD

      Haha! E.L. James didn’t make it to this list, I followed my mood right of this list for that one lol! 😂😂


    • This is a good looking tbr! I briefly remember ACOWAR so I'm considering skimming through it and moving on to Frost and Starlight. Wheres E.L James at? XD


    • 2 hours ago, BrandieNoel said:

      I love the food analogy! Perfect! I’m sorry for making your TBR bigger? 😜 Lol Maybe it’s just a little payback for what you do to my TBR 😂😂 what did you add?

      I promise I will get back to Fitz! Very soon!

      I added The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry and That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn :) And of course every Mariana Zapata book I haven't read yet


    • 1 hour ago, Stacyejaye said:

      I love this experiment and I can't wait to read your weekly updates. I am so excited for all of the buddy reads I will be participating in with you. So many great books. Also, you just made me add 2 more books to my wishlist. Thanks for that :) 

      If you don't get to Farseer this month, we will have to have words. 😜

      Mood reading for me is pretty much what you said. A good analogy would be food. Some days you feel like Italian and some days you want Chinese, but then there are days where you just want fast food to satisfy your hunger until your next big meal. 

      I love the food analogy! Perfect! I’m sorry for making your TBR bigger? 😜 Lol Maybe it’s just a little payback for what you do to my TBR 😂😂 what did you add?

      I promise I will get back to Fitz! Very soon!


    • 21 hours ago, Jolien Reads said:

      Great TBR Brandie! I really look forward to all of our buddy reads and discussions afterwards. I'm still need to start Tower Lord (Tomorrow!) and I'm hoping I'll like it. :D At the moment I only have the buddy reads on my TBR so Tower Lord, Queen of Fire, Wrath, Kings of Paradise, Mirror's Truth, and Magic Bites! Already a pretty big pile for me haha!

       

      I hope you get to the next Farseer book!!!

      I think you will like Tower Lord. The pace is different from Blood Song and the style is for sure, but I am still enjoying it. 
      Farseer s a priority after Tower Lord!

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