Friday, 22 December 2017

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Read!

My mum was rescheduled to work Christmas Day so my family will be celebrating the holiday a day early. It's wreaked utter havoc on my nice and orderly schedule and I'm having to multi-multi-task the next week. And with the addition of the new eARCs, I'm tripling up on my reading. I guess that means it's time to pull the Coffee IV out of storage and hook myself up. And, since Manatee is a coffee fanatic and he's been feeling a bit down lately, I'll be making him a mug of his own to hopefully pick him up a bit. I'm currently finishing up Mission: Vaquita by S.H. Goodhart for my first review, struggling through my eARC of Patricia Rosemoor's Animal Instincts, and rereading Lori Foster's When You Dare for a future backup review. I have so many sticky notes tucked into the pages of Mission: Vaquita and When You Dare right now. Because I take notes using a complicated tier system. I'll explain it one day. As for the actual day of Christmas, I'll probably be wandering about the Orlando/Central Florida area (Celebration, Lakeland, Tampa, Cocoa Beach, who knows) taking photos with my precious camera. I'll even bring along my Christmas Book Haul to take some Bookstagram photos. Or, you know, playing catch up on reading all the blog posts from the past few weeks. Between lessons, knitting, holiday prep, family time, and reading, I've fallen behind on reading blogs. Oops. That's life though. The 20s are for figuring out how to make time for everything, right? For now, I'm going to go take a short nap so I can be awake enough to take the dogs to see their Christmas lights displays tonight. My dogs are already in bed and I've been feeling so jealous of them. I'm joining them! Until next time, have a happily ever after!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Just a Quick Note


Because my memory is so abysmal, I forgot I won a giveaway on goodreads and so I had a mystery parcel at the post today that was from author, Meredith Wild, and she included some goodies! A signed copy of On My Knees the first of The Bridge series, bookmarks, a pen (I love pens), and a little card for another of her books that I HAD to add to my TBR list. I also printed out some bookmarks I found on pinterest - I have an entire board dedicated to bookmarks. What is wrong with me?  I attached the bookmarks to some colourful cardstock and did a dreadful job of cutting them. I'll definitely stick to ordering bookmarks on Etsy or picking them up at the bookstore. And I'll stay on the crafty side of arts and crafts. Art hates me.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A Not-Review of Heart Sight by Robin D Owens

This past Friday, I received an ARC of Heart Sight in exchange for an honest review. And honestly, I read the first few chapters then realised - THIS ISN'T A STANDALONE! So, here is a not-review gush over Heart Sight as a precursor to the future review of Heart Mate. I read a portion of this book over the weekend slowly - just imagine the speed of a tortoise and go back a few steps per minute, not my normal speed at all. I just couldn't get myself into the book after I realised that it wasn't a complete standalone novel. It's a good book and I actually do want to go back and read the entire series from the beginning because I'm one of those people that has to read a series in order or I will never finish the book - it would be destined to become one of those books you leave on the shelf unread to fill a gap and make your shelfies look colourful. See the beginning of the post for an example. I struggled to reach Chapter 8 and I gave up at 3 AM this morning. Instead, I went online in search of the first in the series, Heart Mate. And I suggest you do as well if you want to know everything the characters are talking about because you'll be a tad adrift on Literary Sea if you don't. What follows is a not-review, I want you to buy Robin's first book so you can fall in love with the series properly and devour all 14 books that came before Heart Sight so you'll actually know what's going on in this one, the fifteenth of the series. Now, if you're a fan of Christine Feehan's Carpathian series, you'll get into this. Owens writes books about predestined soulmates called HeartMates - one word, two capitals. And everybody on their planet, Celta, a colonisation from Earth a little over 400 years ago, has various powers called Flair, different Flair for different people. Heart Sight's hero and heroine, Muin (called Vinni by everyone but his HeartMate) and Avellana have some pretty amazing Flair. Muin is the highest-tier prophet of his people and FirstLord of the T'Vine FirstFamily. Avellana has Flair so powerful it's a big secret (and with good reason as you'll discover) in order to protect her from anti-ruling party types. A central theme of Heart Sight is Muin is suffocating Avellana with his overprotective streak and Avellana calls him on it after two decades of his overreacting from vague visions regarding her demise anytime there's a threat in their vicinity and sends her away for her safety every time she turns around. We meet Avellana on Mona Island, an artist commune, where she's been hidden away for three months and is due to return to Druida City. Muin is there to convince her to stay even longer because he's had yet another vague dream about her possible demise. And Avellana has had enough and lets him know that she's done being treated like a fragile doll and refuses to remain on Mona Island any longer. Way to go, Avellana! Sorry, I let my not-so-inner feminist take over there. And this is where prior knowledge of the series comes in, Muin and Avellana both reference several events and persons that you don't know. And you start feeling as if you've just had your one oar ripped from your hands and someone gave your boat a polar bear sized shove (have you seen that clip? No? Do it. Do it for the cuteness!). What did I like about what I did read of Heart Sight that made me order the first in the series? The pets are sentient, the houses are sentient, art is held in high regard, there is magic everywhere but it doesn't run the show, there is mystery but not that horribly tacky mystery where the answer is totally obvious, and there is a destined someone out there for everyone. If you're not one of those folks who have to read a series in order or they start tweaking, go buy Heart Sight at one of the links below. It's officially out and among the masses today. If you're like me and need the series in order, I've also included some links to new and used copies of Heart Mate. Until next time, my darkling readers, have a happily ever after.
Heart Sight AmazonBarnes and NobleBook DepositoryGoodreads
Heart Mate AmazonBarnes and NobleBook DepositoryGoodreadsThrift Books

Friday, 1 December 2017

December in Disney

We all remember when we were little and our parents would bundle us up at like 4 or 5 in the evening and fasten us into the car and drive to the fancy part of town to drive around oohing and ahhing over the Christmas lights, right? One of my earliest memories is of my mother and grandmother piling four of my cousins, my foster sister, my brother and myself into the van (totally illegal but whatever), buried us in sleeping bags and we'd drive the four miles into town. We'd pick up hot chocolate at Aunt Laurie Ann's store and we'd turn the radio to whatever station was already playing Christmas music to sit in the parking lot to wait. Then, at 6:30, everybody would turn their Christmas lights on. One house after another. We'd drive around all over town until about 8:30 and we'd start the drive home. And we'd do this every weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Everybody would camp out in our extra large living room, and we'd spend the weekend together while my cousin's parental units went Christmas shopping. Well, 20 years later, we live in Florida instead of on the Canadian border in Vermont. That means absolutely no snow whatsoever. But living right outside of Disney World, we're treated to their nightly fireworks display. And sitting outside with my dogs, watching it, I learned something weird about my freaky dogs. Except for my oldest who's going blind and has issues with fireworks (he was tortured by a boy with fireworks when he was a baby), my dogs love the lights. Last year, my mom and I got it in our heads that they'd love seeing the Christmas lights and they did. They were even more excited when I set up the tree - something they'd never seen. They had lights at home! Nikki actually spent all December staring at the tree whenever the lights were on. We haven't gotten the tree out yet, but we're totally taking Zeus, Nikita, and Sk├Ądi out for a ride tonight. We're going to drive up to this cutesy village-esque town for their town centre lights. But before we do that, we're going to drive down to the post office so I can pick up my books that arrived today. Honestly, that's the part I'm excited about. There is nothing like the feeling getting new books. Even better, I have no idea which books arrived (I never do because I always forget what I ordered), so it's kind of like a little taste of Christmas every time I pick up a package from the post. And considering how many books I'm ordering this week, there's going to be a lot of Christmas tasting as I wrap them in penguin wrapping paper and put them under the tree, unread and teasing me for the next 24 days. I've got to go load the truck up with canines now. Until next time, have a happily ever after.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The Start of Something New

Hello, duckies! I'm Maggie and this is my book blog. Quite the catchy title, yes? It was almost 'Maggie Reads Books' but my best friend totally vetoed it. I recently decided to expand my book reviews from my private social media accounts and Amazon to more public settings. Meaning a new Instagram account dedicated solely to bookstagram posts, a Facebook Page, a Twitter, a Goodreads, and this blog. Starting in the new year, I'll be posting a book review every week or so - always on a Friday because weekends are family time. This way I'll have time to read the book to be reviewed and summarise it, study, work, and read for pure entertainment purposes as well. If for some reason I need to have some mental health time, which does happen with my disability, I'll most likely have a draft waiting in the wings to cover. I'm autistic and sometimes I have days where I'm not very communication-friendly, so while I'll respond to comments and messages as soon as possible all the time, some days 'as soon as possible' will be a smidgen longer. I think that's all I wanted to say for now. Until next time, have a happily ever after.