Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

  • ISBN-10: 045147239X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451472397

From Amazon

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

I really, really enjoyed reading Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I give it five stars and it now has a place in the top 5  of my favorite books for 2015.     

I found the premise of Ink and Bone to be uniquely creative and intriguing. The books was very well written, the characters realistic and the dialogue was great.   

Just imagine a world where the Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed and grew to be the leading world power. The Great Library portrays themselves as a benevolent monarch while behind the scenes they condone and perform sinister acts "for the good of the library". They value books and knowledge above human life. It's such a great basis for a story! 

Personal ownership of books is against the law? 

In this book it is!  I have to say that stunned me a bit. I love my local library and use them frequently; I could not afford to fill my passion for books without it!   

But still  ... what would I do without my personal stash of books? I would be devastated if I couldn't have books (physical books) around me and scattered throughout my home! I enjoy my e- reader but my first love is reading real, physical books and I enjoy having a personal TBR pile that I can go to at any time of the day.

I came away from this book thinking about how some of the underlying concepts of Jess Brightwell's society can be "mirrored" (sorry - no pun intended!)  with some of our technology and societal issues. 

Needless to say this book kept me on the edge of my seat while reading it. It has mystery, action, fantasy and history all rolled into one great read! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken ~ Waiting on Wednesday 07/29/2015

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week's pick is not coming out till January but I can't wait to read this one  ...

  • ISBN-10: 1484715772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484715772

Release Date: January 5, 2016

From Amazon:

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time. 

Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies--the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web. 

Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light--threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever.

What books are you waiting for this week? 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wendy Darling by Colleen Oakes ~ Waiting on Wednesday

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Release Date: October 13, 2015

From Amazon:

Wendy Darling takes readers far beyond the second star to the right and straight on till morning. It is the story of a girl loved by two men―the steady and handsome bookseller's son from London and Peter Pan, dashing, charming, and dangerous. From the cobblestone streets of London to the fantastical world of Neverland's many secrets, readers will love watching Wendy's journey as she grows from a girl into a woman, and realizes that Neverland, like her heart, and realizes that Neverland, like her heart, is a wild place, teaming with dark secrets and dangerous obsessions.

What books are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

9 Grace Livingston Hill Books FREE on Kindle Right Now!

I read Grace Livingston Hill books growing up. They were enchanting, clean romances that are well written and engaging. I enjoy and treausure these books still!

Ama*zon has six of Grace Livingston Hill's e-books for FREE right now and I just had to share them with you all! 

Please remember to always check the price as kindle books prices can change frequently.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Come to the Table by Neta Jackson

  • SouledOut Sister Series Book2 
  • ISBN-10: 1595548653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548658

Come To the Table by Neta Jackson is the second book in the SouledOut Sister series.  The first book of this series is Stand By Me. The books can each be read individually as stand alone stories but I would recommend reading the books in order as the first book brings more history and understanding to all that goes on in the second book. 

The story is about 4 adults sharing an apartment, their lives, friendship and faith as they live life and pursue their hopes and dreams.  They all come from different backgrounds and each are at various stages of their lives. The glue that binds them together is their faith, their church and their commitment to growing  and living each day led by their faith.  

Life throws each of them a few unexpected curve balls and it is interesting to see how they react to those challenges and grow stronger through it all. 

I enjoyed reading Come To the Table. I was glad I read it during the summer when I had time to fully relax into the story and take my time reading it. It's definitely a good book to add to your Summer TBR pile!  

Click here to read more about Come to The Table !

A big thank you to Booklook Bloggers for the opportunity to review this book. My review is an honest reflection of my reading experience and my feeling about this book.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick for this week ~ 

Release date: August 25, 2015!

From Amazon:

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. 

When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday—and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse—Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There’s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. 

Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick for this week ~ 

Release Date: September 1, 2015!

From Amazon:

The sixth and penultimate book in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. John is on the front lines of the fight in New York City. And just as the odds seem stacked against him, his best friend, Sam, a human, inexplicably develops a Legacy—and Sam isn't the only one.
While the pair try to track down Five and Nine amid the chaos, they encounter another teen who can wield abilities that were once only meant for the Garde. Whether she is a friend or a foe, however, remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Six, Marina, and Adam are trapped in Mexico. They fought their way into the Sanctuary and were able to awaken the power hidden within, but their preceding battle has left them without any way to reach the others. The Mogs are returning in full force, and it will take a miracle to escape.
The Garde are stretched thin, fighting this war on many fronts. The only chance they have is to take out the Mogadorian leader once and for all—but his fate is now irrevocably tied with Ella's. They can't destroy one without the other. But if the Garde can't find another way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Loric: annihilation.

I really am enjoying this series and I can't wait to read this!