“Storm Siren” by Mary Weber—Book Giveaway!

One thing I have not done since I started this blog is a giveaway, so I thought it would be fun to start doing one now and then on here. ūüėÄ

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Today through midnight on the 15th, you have the chance to win a copy of Mary Weber’s fantastic book, “Storm Siren.” All you have to do it 1. follow this blog, and 2. leave a comment below telling me you want to win this book. Winner will be chosen and announced on the 15th.

“Ocean of Secrets” by Sophie-Chan— Manga Review

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About:

Lia was adopted by a family to replace their deceased daughter. One day she finds herself in need of rescue, and finds herself on a ship…floating in the sky!

Thoughts on the Artwork:

Soooo pretty, guys. (Especially the cover!) The artist of this book was self taught, and I can see her hard work has paid off, because her drawings are gorgeous.

Thoughts on the story line:

This was a pretty interesting manga. It had some surprising twists and turns, and some sweet relationships that gave it some cuteness. It did seem to be a bit too fast at some points, and I felt a bit overwhelmed by all of the information that was thrust at me. However, this did not ruin my overall enjoyment of this manga. The world was fascinating, taking place in a realm in the sky that humans are not aware of. There’s flying ships, pirates, kingdoms that wield different elemental powers… I can tell that there was a lot put into thought for the plot and world of this story, and I want to know what happens next.

Rating: Four. Not quite the most amazing thing I have read, but still an enjoyable tale.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

*Thanks to Netgalley for a free e-copy of this manga in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

“Lizzie and Jane” by Katherine Reay- Book Review

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About:

¬† This story follows the journey of Elizabeth, a New York chef. She’s lost her touch in the kitchen of her restaurant, and ends up taking a break when her boss brings in another chef to take over her kitchen help her out (so thoughtful… <—Sarcasm). Heading home, she ends up staying with her sister, Jane, who has been diagnosed with the same cancer that took their mom’s life. While there, Elizabeth is confronted by emotional family problems, romance, and a choice about what path to take for her future.

My Review:

¬† When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was not very interested. Stories that involve Cancer were sad to me, and I did not care to read something that had a character going through it. BUT, then my own sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and I was thrust into my own real-life role of having to see my own sibling go through having this terrible disease. When I looked at the synopsis of “Lizzie and Jane” after this, the book had become something I wanted to read. Amazing how life can change our perspective on things.

I really liked this book. Not because it was full of amazing plot twists or beautifully written passages. No, I think it was because it was so relate-able, and the parts that were not something I could relate to were just so heart touching. Reay’s characters feel real. They’re… I don’t know. Maybe the phrase I’m looking forward is not fluffy? I’m a sucker for romantic comedy, so the contemporaries I go for are usually full of some pretty far fetched situations. Which is fun, but it was nice to read something that felt like every day life, but in a way that was interesting enough to keep my attention. It was an enjoyable thing to watch one woman’s journey of finding herself, confronting long held pain, and learning that dreams can change. The romance was also sweet, and I liked how it wasn’t the main focal point of the story. It was nice being able to read a book where the best thing wasn’t that the girl found a guy, but that she became a better person.

Also, this book has plenty of references to food and Jane Austen. I appreciated this because yes, I like food (who doesn’t?), and Jane Austen is awesome, so it was nice seeing her stories taking small parts in this tale. So if you’re into either of those, then this might be a read for you. ūüôā

I’m glad that I decided to give this book a try. I actually liked it better than “Dear Mr. Knightley,” her debut. I give ‘Lizzie and Jane” a rating of four and a half.

P.S. My sister is currently cancer free. ūüėÄ

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

Drama Wednesday (5): April 2017 Overview

I know, you might have been anticipating part two of my favorite dramas. (At least, I hope someone was.) However, this week happens to be the first week of the month, so this week’s post is to show what I watched in April. (Hopefully, next week will be part two of my favorite dramas.)

Dramas I Finished

Korean:

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While I came close to finishing another one, this little drama was the only one I finished. You can check out some of my thoughts for it here.

Dramas First Time Made Way Through (But Have Yet To Finish)

Chinese Dramas:

While I did not finish either of these, I did make progress in them. (Chinese Dramas are so long, you guys.) I really like the fantasy elements of “Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms,” and I like the wit battled between the hero and heroine of “General and I.”

Korean Dramas:

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“Love Rain”

This is a drama I have seen over the years, but never got past the first few minutes the first time I tried it. But, when I saw it available for download, I decided to give it another chance. I’m glad I did, because I’m loving it. It’s emotionally lovely, and one of the best K-Dramas I’ve first-time watched in awhile. Hope to finish it soon.

Japanese Dramas:

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“Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo”

This is the first time I’ve watched a Japanese drama and made it past the second episode. So far, it is a cute school drama that is fun to watch when I want to see something light hearted and sweet.

Dramas I Rewatched

Korean:

Sometimes, I just want to re-watch some of my favorites. That was the case in April when I decided to watch some episodes of “The Master’s Sun,” “Flower Boys Next Door,” “Boys Over Flowers,” and “The Miracle.”

That concludes my over all drama progress for the month of April. I did a lot of going back and forth, which meant I did not finish much of anything. Maybe in May I can put some of these on my “watched” list, instead of the ever growing “to-watch” list. How was your drama time in April? Any recommendations?

“Diving Under” by Ginna Moran- Book Cover Reveal

Today I’m participating in a cover reveal for a mermaid book. I have had a love for mermaid things probably since I first watched “The Little Mermaid,” (The Disney version, not the sad original that broke my heart the first time I read it.) Because of this—and the amazing sounding synopsis— I decided to take part in today’s reveal.
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Diving Under
by Ginna Moran
(Spark of Life, #1)
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Eight years after her older sister was swept out to sea, eighteen-year-old Ava Adair still swears off the ocean. It takes a promise of the best vacation of her life aboard the Ocean Jewel with her friends to get her even within reach of the waves. When she steps aboard the luxury yacht to sail the California coastline, the last thing she expects is to gain the attention of gorgeous Carter Stevens, the yacht’s deckhand, who becomes the perfect distraction against her fear of the open water.

On the yacht, a freak accident involving Carter reveals a secret he‚Äôs been hiding from Ava. She discovers that he‚Äôs a merman and by saving her, he changed her life. One misstep could¬†reveal the new secret they share and ruin the life on land she‚Äôs desperate to maintain. Torn between a future on land with her family and a new life at sea, Ava must decide‚ÄĒis her former life¬†worth fighting for, or can she accept that she belongs to the ocean?

Pre-order:
Ginna Moran Author PhotoAUTHOR BIO:

Ginna Moran is the author of the Falling into Fame, Demon Within, Destined for Dreams, and Finding Nate series. She lives in Austin, Texas but is originally from Southern California.

She started writing poetry as a teenager in a spiral notebook that she still has tucked away on her desk today. Her love of writing grew after she graduated high school, and she completed her first unpublished manuscript at age eighteen.

When she realized her love of writing was her life’s passion, she studied literature at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing young adult novels, she was senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.

Aside from Ginna’s professional life, she enjoys binge watching TV shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, cheesy jokes, and organizing her bookshelf.

Visit Ginna Online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, Goodreads, Snapchat(@GinnaMoran), and subscribe to her newsletter on her website to find out more about her books, participate in subscriber-only giveaways, and hear special news first.

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Mini Book Reviews #1

Oi! I feel as if I have neglected the book part of my blog. I’ve been meaning to write some reviews, but with work, I’ve just not had much time where I want to try and force thoughts from my head. However, before I forget some of these books, here are a few mini-reviews of some books I’ve read.

30653719“Beauty and the Beast” retellings have been some of my favorites to read, and it was with some excitement that I added the 2017 release “Hunted,” to my TBR ¬†list. I pre-ordered it, waited for it to arrive (*hates waiting for books to arrive*), and then read it. Sadly, I did not like this book as much as I hoped I would. Honestly, it just wasn’t as fast paced as it looks. Yeah, I liked parts of it. I guess, with the lack of a lot of action, it just didn’t have enough of a magical, fairy tale feel that I like in retellings. I also like books that have lots of characters, but there were long spots with just the Beast and Beauty. Especially at the Beast’s castle, there were no side characters to add that extra little charm. In the end, I give it a rating of three.

106I’ve seen this book around, but not often shown in a positive light. But it looked so cool. I mean, mummies? I love mummies. Ignoring the criticisms of others, I decided to see for myself if this was a book for me. It was. No, it’s not perfect, but boy did it entertain me. It was simply a fun adventure romance that I could escape into, and I’m glad I did. Was it similar to the Tiger’s Curse series? Maybe, but not enough that it was not its own story. I loved the characters, the settings… I guess the worse part was the end. Sad, but there’s hope with the sequel. I give “Reawakened” by Colleen Houck a rating of four.

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The next book I’d like to give a few quick thoughts on is “Three Wishes” by Lisa T. Begren. I really do not have much to say about this book. I mean, it was nice enough. It lacked (compared to its series’ predecessor) in the action and adventure department, but it was cool getting to ¬†read about some of the history of the Spanish in California. It is a subject I’ve not read much of, and I found it a nice change in book scenery. No, this one is not as good as Bergren’s original “River of Time” series, but it was not an all together bad time travel story. Just…different? Maybe more of a romance than the original series? Anyways, I give it 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.

Drama Wednesday (4): Favorite Dramas-Part One

Today I thought I’d share what are some of my favorite dramas in a two part post.

“Gu Family Book”

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This is the drama that got me into Korean dramas, which eventually led to me trying dramas from other Asian countries. Anywho, “Gu Family Book” (chosen at random from a list my friend sent me) grabbed a hold of me more than I could have imagined. Yeah, the ending stinketh. Like, really, it has been years since I first watched it, and I still think they should have made a sequel (which I doubt will ever happen *tears*).

“Flower Boys Next Door”

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“Flower Boys Next Door” is my number two drama. I found it relate-able in so many ways, and still do. The story follows a young woman who almost never leaves her apartment because she has suffered from some bullying, and she feels safest in her little home where she edits books for a living. She’s made a habit of watching her next door neighbor with a pair of binoculars, harboring a secret crush. It is when she is spying one day that she is caught by Enrique, a game maker genius who finds her hermit-like ways a challenge to beat. Such a lovely drama, and one I’ve watched more than once. ūüėÄ

“Boys Over Flowers”

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“Boys Over Flowers” is a very popular series, and probably my favorite Korean Drama. I watched the whole thing in like, four days. Maybe less. And then when it was over, I re-watched it. ¬†I now own a DVD set of the series and my very own kissing star necklace, plus my friend sent me a BOF mug that I love to bits. And yes, I kind of want to go and watch it again as I post this. It is indeed the drama I have watched the most, and the one I love the most.

“Brilliant Legacy” a.k.a. “Shining Inheritance”

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“Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy” caught my eye because it is said that, while being aired at the same time, it sometimes had higher ratings than “Boys Over Flowers” in Korea. Like, say what? I decided to watch it, and I found that this Cinderella type story actually was pretty good. So yes, now I’m glad I gave it a try. It’s not as popular as BOF is with the international viewers these days, BUT I can see how it could have garnered higher ratings from others. Yes, I admit that I personally like “Boys Over Flowers” better, but this one is also one of my favorites. If only the dvd sets of it were not so expensive.

“The Master’s Sun”

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“The Master’s Sun” is part scary, part comedy. It’s about a girl who was seriously injured. When she woke up, she could see ghosts! The ghosts like to ask her to do things for them, or sometimes just talk, and the end result is that she gets little sleep because some of the ghosts are frightening or won’t stop bothering her until she does what they ask. One day she meets a guy who, when she touches him, the ghosts disappear… Another series I own on dvd, this one does have its freaky moments, but it also has its humorous and sweet times. I’m actually rewatching it at this time… *along with watching some other dramas. so many dramas, guys, so many.