Illusionary by Desiree Williams—Cover Reveal

Today I have the pleasure of being a part of the cover reveal for Desiree Williams’ new book, “Illusionary.” It looks like it’s going to be a fun read!

 Here is the lovely cover:

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About The Book:

Dorothy got sucked into a tornado.

Alice fell down a hole.

Wendy flew to Neverland.

Kamryn? She tripped down the stairs.

Now, Kamryn Kensington finds herself in a strange new world. Within minutes of her arrival, she dodges an archer’s arrow and avoids getting sliced up by a cosplay reject holding a dagger to her throat. And that’s before the storyteller’s breath brings stories to life.
Home is the mission—to return to her family and pursue her life’s dream of art and travel. Yet the longer she’s in the Land of Ur, the harder it is not to feel for the people she meets. Even her artistic side can’t help but breathe in the beautiful wonder and magic of this new world. So when the Oracle hands her a different quest, she takes it on the condition he sends her home afterward.
No one thought to warn her of a jealous queen and her dragon minions. Or that, by helping her, the cute storyteller would go crazy. Or that her heart would rip in two when she left. Those would’ve been great facts to know ahead of time.
Considering that nothing in Ur is what it seems, the mission proves to be more than she ever imagined. But more than her own future will be in jeopardy if Kamryn doesn’t succeed.

Book Excerpt:

  The twittering of birds tugged at Kam’s consciousness. Heat warmed her back. She groaned and stretched her legs out. Hair tickled her face, and she pushed it out of the way, propping herself up with the other arm.

Rubbing the back of her throbbing head, she blinked until squashed blades of green grass came into view. Something stuck to her forehead. She swatted at it, clearing away flecks of dirt.

She drew her legs up to sit upright. Her heart hammered into her ribs, and her eyes widened.

A wooden grove encircled her. Vibrant bushes dotted with red flecks swayed with the wind. Sunlight streamed through slits in the canopy of leaves above. Tiny, fluffy birds fluttered along the sunbeams, their merry tunes lending more credibility to her insanity.

“Whaa …” She fingered the knot growing on her head.

Unconscious and dreaming. That’s what was happening.

She staggered to her feet. Her muscles tightened, screaming in protest. She arched her back and then leaned to the side to stretch.

Pain shouldn’t occur in a dream. So hallucination was the next logical step, right? She must have cracked her head pretty hard. Rubbing her sore hip, she allowed her gaze to wander. Pieces of bread littered the ground near a far bush. She squinted, bringing cheese, meat, and a scrap of fabric into focus.

Something rustled the bush. She pressed against a nearby tree. The rough bark ground into her tender flesh.

A whoosh shot through the grove, followed by a stinging of her cheek and a vibration near her ear.

Multi-colored feathers of blue, green, and yellow stuck off the end of an arrow shaft.

Kam scooted over, her hair tangling against the tree trunk.

The arrowhead lay embedded mere centimeters from where her face had been.

“I assure you, wanderer,” a masculine voice called from beyond the brush. “That is the only warning my archer will give you.”

Her heart dropped to her stomach. She reached shaky fingers to her cheek, only to swallow a whimper when the tips drew back coated with blood.

Someone had shot at her. Actually shot at her!

Book Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34363709-illusionary

Ebook Pre-order available at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVF6YD9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487380047&sr=8-1&keywords=desiree+williams+illusionary

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/illusionary-desiree-williams/1125821432?ean=2940154019337

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/illusionary

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/illusionary/id1207467393?mt=11

About The Author:

DesireeDesiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.

You can find out more about Desiree and her books at www.desireewilliamsbooks.com

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Giveaway!

Items: Journey bracelet and $15 Amazon gift card

The author is hosting a giveaway for the above items. Click on the rafflecopter link below to enter:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/M2M1NDY0MjQ0MzYyN2Y3MzcwMjhlN2YwZjdjOTgxOjEw/

 

The winner of the giveaway will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter and announced on Desiree’s Facebook page and Twitter account the morning of Monday, March 13th at around 9am EST.

 

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The Month Finale- February 2017

I know it’s a tad late to be doing a wrap up post for February, but I’ve been somewhat busier than usual, and blogging had to be pushed back more often than I would have liked.

Anywho, here’s some of what I did in the shortest month of the year:

 

Books I Read

While I did not get to all of the books I had hoped to read in February *cough* Vampire Knight *cough*, I got to most of them. In fact, I even read more in the long run since the two books I did not get to were two mangas, and I read three novels in their place. Not bad. 😀

I’m going to have to say that “The Winner’s Crime” was my favorite. SO much better than I expected!

Shows I Watched

I really wasn’t dedicated to watching much of anything in February :-P. I had been watching quite a bit of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but quit because some of the content got a little too much for me. I also watched a few episodes of Heartland after taking a break from it, but just can’t seem to get into it like I was before the break… I also started watching the Korean Drama, Panda and Hedgehog. Not finished with it yet, but it’s cute so far. Not the best K-Drama I’ve ever seen, but fun.

Other Life Stuff

This month I became an aunt for the first time! *throws confetti* My older sister had a baby boy, and he’s pretty cute. Here is le selfie I took with him:

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I’ve also been working a lot, and since I was away from home for many hours, blogging just wasn’t something I felt like doing when I got home. Hopefully, I will get to post more in March! Like all of the reviews I need to write… #procrastinating

“It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist- Mini Book Review

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 About:

The story follows a young man named Cullen. Cullen is a farmer who just so happened to invent an automatic fire extinguishing system (Pretty big deal in the late nineteenth century.). After his father practically forces Cullen to show his invention at the Chicago World’s Fair, Cullen finds himself in the very noisy machinery building at the fair (not to mention very far away from his fiance…). Due to the loud noise of the building—and the fact that he’s losing his hearing— Cullen soon seeks out the help of a teacher who he hopes will help him to learn to lip read so he can understand what his prospective customers are saying. A romance soon begins between him and the teacher, but what about the girl waiting for him at home?

My Review:

I honestly don’t have a lot to say about this book, though not because it was bad or anything. I actually quite enjoyed it, and managed to read it in two days (not something I often do). It was a fun read that was filled with such detail that I now feel like I went to the the Chicago World’s Fair even though I didn’t because (obviously) I was not living in the late nineteenth century. The romance was sweet, and the main characters were lovable. It wasn’t my favorite book by Deeanne Gist, but I found it an overall likable read that I recommend to those who enjoy a romantic story that transports them back in time. (Seriously, the detail’s that good, ya’ll.)

I give “It Happened at the Fair” by Deeanne Gist a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh -Book Review

 

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About:

The story follows a girl who decides to volunteer to be the wife of the king. Doesn’t sound so bad, but there’s this thing where’s he’s already been wed quite a few times, and each time the bride ended up dead… One of these deceased wives was the best friend of Shahrzad (*the heroine of the book whose name I probably mentally mispronounced), and is the reason she’s volunteered. After all, Shazi (*her nick name I think I correctly pronounced) wants revenge for the death of her friend, and what better way to get it then to get close to the king as his bride?  But not everything is what it it seems, and Shazi soon finds herself second guessing herself.

Oh, and there’s also some political stuff where people want to take over the kingdom (not too much, though) and this thing where Shazi’s first love does a lot of stuff in order to get her back from the king.

My Review:

I’ve been wanting to read this book since before it released, which was almost two years ago. Yikes! Where did the time go? Thankfully, I was browsing through the best section YA section of my library and found that they had it. How I did not know this is beyond me (I’m usually pretty good at knowing what the library has), but I did not spend much time pondering whether to pick i up. Nope, it quickly made it to my hands, I took it home and, long story short, I can now say I’ve read it.

My thoughts? First, I loved how the setting had an “Aladdin” feel to it. Which makes sense, as this is a retelling of “A Thousand and One Nights.” But, still, it is not the usual forest/mountain setting that is prevalent in many fantasies I’ve read, so it was a nice fresh of air to “visit” a place that felt less familiar.

Secondly, I found most of the characters were well written (I almost wrote well done, but that made them sound like a steak :-P). I like how flawed they are, yet the author still managed to wedge them into my heart, including *gasp* the king.

Third, there was a magic carpet! No one rode it, but THERE WAS A  MAGIC CARPET!

I also liked the aspect of the story that dealt with revenge not being a good answer to pain that others have caused. It was nice to see a story that portrayed a message of forgiveness instead of holding onto a grudge.

As I’ve mentioned, the story did have a few things that kept this book from being perfection to me (seriously, it was close). I won’t rant and rave, but would just like the mention the two things that I wasn’t a big fan of. One was the foul language, and two was that some of the romance between certain married characters was a bit much for my taste.

I’m giving “The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh  a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

“At Your Request” by Jen Turano- Book Review

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 About:

This story follows Wilhelmina, a woman whose been put in the wallflower section of balls due to her father’s loss of wealth. While in her new (and not so lovely) position, her childhood friend shows up looking handsome and rich. Which shouldn’t be a bad thing, but it is for poor Wilhelmina. After all, she rejected his offer of marriage back when she thought she was the belle of the ballroom world. #oops

What will happen when (out of embarrassment) she tries to avoid him with the aid of  some of her fellow wallflowers?

My Review:

I’m a fan of author Jen Turano. Her books are funny little gems that I think everyone should read I think those who enjoy humorous books would enjoy. Turano’s newest little e-novella, “At Your Request,” is no exception. It’s a delightful little read that made me happy with its lively characters and humorous situations. I’d also like to add that YES! FINALLY, a new Christian fiction story that doesn’t star a female lead who fits the mold of perfect outward beauty. I find these heroines more relate-able, so it made the story all the more enjoyable. (Just something else to make me love Jen Turano’s books even more than I already do. <3)

I’m going to give “At Your Request” by Jen Turano a rating of four. Oh, and I’d also like to mention that it is only available as an e book, so no hard copy. *sad face* But it is a FREE e book, so that sort of makes up for it. *not so sad face*

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

Nightstand Books~February 2017

Jenelle has been doing these Nightstand post for some time (click here to see her latest), and I thought I’d join in this month by sharing the books I’m hoping to finish. So, using my Kindle, I photographed the books. (What better way to take pictures of books then with a device meant for reading, right?)

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These are all of the physical ones I hope to finish. It looks like a BIG stack, but six of them are graphic novels/mangas, and I can finish up to three of those a day if I’m feeling dedicated enough.

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I randomly decided to try the anime, “Vampire Knight.” Not perfect, but entertaining enough for me to finish. Only, the anime didn’t feel finished, so I picked up the mangas to complete the series. Again, I have some issues, but I’ve decided to go ahead and finish the series. Just have the last two and I’m done. #teamzero

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I saw this series at the library and thought it looked cute. Plus, I love fairies and fairy tales. I’ve already started the first and am enjoying it so far. Yay! (If you look closely, you can see my foot in this pic. Such a photo bomber…)

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I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile, and finally—FINALLY—I found t at the library. I hope it meets my expectations. I’ve seen such praise for this book. (Anyone have any opinions?)

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Last, but not least,  this lovely tome was delivered to me on the day of its release. (Thank you, delivery man) I have been wanting to read this book since I read its synopsis months ago. I requested it on Netgalley. I entered just about every Goodreads giveaway for it. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in getting it for free. I ended up having to buy the tale (which is not bad, because buying books is author support), so I pre-ordered it and TAH-DAHHH! It. is. mine. *cackles*

So, dears, what are you reading this month? I’d love to know!

Grace

P.S. (Oh, I’m  also hoping to finish “Intermission” by Serena Chase, but its on my Kindle, so it is somewhat camera shy. :-p)

 

 

Stolen Songbird- Book Review

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Ah, this book has given me feels. Good feelings…Bad feelings…Whyyyy feelings. Yeah, it’s given me quite the emotional mix.  I  know I’m probably weird for it, but I like stories that have human-like goblins/trolls (You know, not the monstrous trolls that attack poor Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings). Add in a human girl who is forced to live in their underground society , and you get a lot of interesting  scenarios.

Things I liked about this tale? Well, first, there’s the world of Trollus (Ah, the originality of this name…). It was depicted so well that it seemed like a real place. A somewhat dreary place, but still, a real one. I especially liked how the story had be guessing—and still guessing— how and why the once powerful Trolls and their city ended up being buried underground (not to mention cursed to remain that way). The story also dealt a lot with the unstable relationship the “noble” Trolls have with the “lesser” Trolls/Part-Human Trolls. The unfairness of the social system and an ensuing rebellion really gave this aspect of the book a Hunger Games vibe despite this being a fantasy.

I also liked the characters. They were all so well developed, and seemed just as genuine as their world. I also have to say that the hero, Tristan (save for his potty mouth) was quite amusing.

There were also some surprising moments that kept the book from being dull. And that’s a good thing, wouldn’t you agree?

However, there are some things that keep this book from being a five start read. For one, the foul language. The language was not necessary and just…Bleh. Secondly, the romance between a couple got a little too steamy. They were married, but still. 😛

So, while there were parts of this book I quite enjoyed (it reminded me a bit of The Hollow Kingdom, a book I love), there were other parts that make me frown inside. Because of that, I’m giving “The Stolen Songbird” a rating of three and a half.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

I’m Back!

Hello dearies, how are all of you? Long time no post. In fact, it’s been over half a year since I’ve last blogged. (Sadness, I know.) But sometimes life gets in the way and one has to step away and find themselves again. Over the past few months, I’ve been on a journey of overcoming severe depression, anxiety, and anger over some turns my life has taken. BUT I have decided to try and get back into this blogging thing, and, after some thought, decided to start a NEW BLOG. *throws sparkles*

So, what can you expect from this blog?

  1. Just like at my old blog, Fictionally, you can expect some book reviews.
  2. Movie thoughts. You know, just  some jibber jabber—eh thoughtful refelections —on some of the films I’ve watched.
  3. Fan stuff on things I like. Like star wars. And webtoons. And Asian dramas, hee hee. 🙂

So yes, please stay tuned. Sending you love,

Grace