Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

carve the markCarve the Mark by Veronica Roth was released January 2017 and after reading the Divergent Series I knew I wanted to read more from the author. I really like Roth’s writing style. Carve the Mark is a science-fiction novel told from Akos and Cyra points of view. Akos from Thuvhe, the ruling half of the planet and Cyra is from Shotet, the half that has not been recognized. When the children on this planet each a certain age they gain abilities. While Cyra’s ability is to harness the current, her counter balance is in Akos because his ability is to disrupt the current. Akos can touch Cyra without hurting himself and his touch seems to lessen the pain on Cyra. This creates a problem because even though they are from the same planet, they were raised differently. However, this does not stop them from being curious and kind to each other. While I found that it took me a few chapters to truly understand what Roth was creating, I started to get drawn in wanting to know more. I highly recommend this to any reader who loves science fiction books. This is definitely a journey worth taking with the characters, they will always make you wonder what will happen next. It is another great series for Veronica Roth and I can’t wait to see where she takes us. You can keep you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

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Sacred Signs and Symbols: Awaken to the Messages and Synchronicities That Surround You by Sherrie Dillard

signadn symbolsSacred Signs and Symbols: Awaken to the Messages and Synchronicities That Surround you by Sherrie Dillard is scheduled to release in June 2017. I was really curious when I saw this book and knew that I had to read it. I found this book to be very interesting. I feel that it really made me think about my life and some of the things I see or find on a daily basis. I feel this book is a great read for anyone who is looking to go outside their normal thinking and explore the signs that you come across daily. **I received an ARC of this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

Synopsis: Everyone receives sacred signs, message, and synchronicities, but we don’t always know how to notice and understand them. With Sacred Signs & Symbols, you’ll develop intuitive awareness and discover how to interpret and invoke the messages and symbols that spirit sends your way. Throughout time, sacred signs have influenced us and provided guidance and insight. This book provides easy access to those symbols and messages and helps you build a personal oracle for invoking them in daily life. Explore common signs and their meanings, connect with helpers and loved ones in the spirit realm, and expand your perception of the world

 

Under The Lights (Field Party Series) by Abbi Glines

under the lightsUnder The Lights by Abbi Glines is the second book in The Field Party Series. I read Until Friday Night awhile ago and when I saw this book I knew I had to read it as well. I must say I am a huge fan of Abbi Glines and love all of her books. So, it did not surprise me that I love this one just as much. This book picks up from where the other one left off but from two different characters and a new plot line for them. It all starts when Willa Ames moves back to town and in with her Nonna. Ms. Ames is the housekeeper for Gunner’s family and has been his whole life. That is where Gunner and Brady meet Willa for the first time. They where a lot younger then. Willa was in Gunner’s treehouse playing with his army men when they caught her. After that day the three of them where always together. That is until Willa’s mom sent for her and she moved away. Now, six years later she is back. Both Gunner and Brady are well aware of the fact that she has changed and not sure what as happened to make her come back. This reunion starts another case of them both fighting for her attention. This book struggles with adult issues that most teenagers don’t often have to face. Glines does an amazing job with the plot line and characters in this book. I will not spoil the ending even though it was a big surprise for me. You will have to read it yourself to find out. Get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle. Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her. High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know. Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can. As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

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Always and Forever by Siân O’Gorman

always and foreverAlways and Forever by Siân O’Gorman is a story of love, family and life. O’Gorman’s plot line for this novel is superb. He created an outstanding list of characters with an amazing setting. This novel talks about the true life struggles that many married couples face. Not to mention the fact that most couples separate and never return to their pre-marriage self. Some marriages are just meant to be. I really enjoyed this novel and felt it was a great read that would relate to a lot of people. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can purchase your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) A warm, witty, compelling and emotional novel about love, family and coming to terms with your past. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain. Hoflying PR Director, Jo now looks after her son Harry and seeks support only from her mother w can you find yourself again, when you can’t face what you’ve lost? Joanna Woulfe is looking to get her life back on track after her husband John leaves their family home. Once a high-flying PR Director, Jo now looks after her son Harry and seeks support only from her mother Marietta and her best friend Nicole. But Nicole’s own marriage is facing its greatest ever crisis, and Marietta, too, is distracted by the reappearance of an old flame, ex-Showband-singer and lothario Patrick Realta. Soon Jo enrols with a colourful local amateur dramatics group and begins a flirtation with the handsome young Ronan Forest. But is she really ready to move on from her old life – and from her years of marriage to John? And what was it that happened three years ago that sent the couple into free-fall? Before long Jo will realise that is only by looking back that she will ever truly be able to move forward…

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Book of the Month April Selections

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Book of the Month Club is a monthly book club that gives you the option of picking one of five books selected for the month. If you like more then one book you can add the other books for $9.99 each. I really like this book club because you get hardback books and the price is amazing. The following are the selections for April 2017.

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – Judge Tyler Coates (culture editor at GQ)

Startup by Doree Shafrir – Judge Glory Edim (Owner of popular blog Well Read Black Girl)

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Graan – Judge Sarah Weinman

American War by Omar El Akkad – Judge Maris Kreizman

One Day We’ll All Be Dead by Scaachi Koul (Exclusive to BOTM) – Judge Kevin Nguyen

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Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes

57fe884d08a26Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes is an incredible young adult novel that follows the main character Eddie as he explores the ups and downs of becoming a man in a rural Alaskan Village. Eddie failed his first semester in college and is trying to redeem himself by taking a journalism job in a Kusko, Alaska. Kusko is one of many small bush villages. Dirkes does a wonderful job describing the life and hardships that accompany being out in the bush. This story tells of making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. When Eddie misses up he realizes that he could lose his chance at love with Taylor, a girl he met while interviewing for the paper. She is smart and as no time for trouble while she achieves her goals in life. Taylor being head strong helps Eddie see the way on the right side of the law. I feel this novel is a good read for anyone who likes to see the underdog win. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Sucktown, Suckington, Suckfield, Suckingham, Suckland, Suckmont, Suck Francisco. By any other name Kusko, Alaska, would still smell like human sweat, moose stew, and dog poop. But Eddie Ashford can t be choosy after partying his way out of college in one semester s time. He lands a job in tiny Kusko, a bush town located in the heart of unromantic Alaska, he s warned. Eddie intends to straighten out his act and make good on a promise to stay for a year, but soon he s indebted to his employer, overworked, and underpaid. He s also spurned by the almost-perfect girl, frustrated, and bored. He finds himself caught in a dilemma: do the right thing, work hard, and stick it out in Kusko or take a chance, smuggle some goods for the local pot dealer, and pile up the cash to pay his way out of Suckramento?

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Fresh Fiction Box April 2017 Review + $5 Off Coupon

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Fresh Fiction Box is a monthly book subscription box that sends you 2-3 paperback books, 2-3 e-books, and a sweet treat for $25.95 (shipping is included in price). Since I am a huge book lover and avid reader, I knew I had to try this box. I am in love with my first box. I got 5 paperback books and two e-books, all of which seem like good reads.  I like subscription boxes like this because sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I go to the bookstore. I mean there are so many wonderful choices and I can read a book a day especially if I like the book. If you are looking for a great selection and an outstanding price then this is the book box for you. If you are interested you can use coupon code LOVELY5 to receive $5 off your first box.

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