Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven't Read

The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe) The Rope Trick
Night Study (Soulfinders, #2; Study, #5) The Tournament at Gorlan (RangerĂ¢€™s Apprentice: The Early Years, #1)
Renegades (Renegades, #1) Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief, #1)
Nicholas Nickleby  Sense and Sensibility
Daughter of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #1) The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fan Art Friday

Today I'm showcasing:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

I was really happy with all the artwork I was able to find!


















I don't have a favorite from this group. I like them all.

Which is your favorite?

If you'd like to check out more pictures from these artists, all the pictures are linked!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Elska

Elska (Horse Diaries, #1)Goodreads Synopsis:    Elska is a silver dapple Icelandic filly. She spends summers frisking about the countryside and winters in the farmyard, where the girl human Amma takes special care of her. But when a powerful neighbor notices Elska, her contented life suddenly changes. Here is Elska’s story . . . in her own words.












My Thoughts:

-    Gnome read this book, and she finished it really fast. She kept asking me to read it, so we could talk about it. I was worried it was going to be boring and/or super cheesy since the horse is telling the story, but I read it, and I really liked it! It was SO cute!

-    The horse perspective is great. I actually really liked it.

-    The writing is great! The story just flows, and the reading is effortless. 

-    The little girl and her love for her horse is so sweet. The story is so cute!

-    The illustrations great! They capture the story perfectly, and the horses are so life like.

-    It only took me about 30 minutes to read the whole book, but I got really attached to the characters. I almost cried after I finished. . . from cuteness, not sadness.

-    I'm really happy that Gnome encouraged me to read this. This was her first book recommendation to me, and it was a good one. I usually push books on her, so it was fun to have it the other way around.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Slaves of Socorro

Slaves of Socorro (Brotherband Chronicles, #4)From Goodreads:    Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia's most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud—leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal's constant opponent—has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures twelve Araluen villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action . . . with the help of one of Araluen's finest Rangers!

In this fourth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, a new battle unfolds as old rivalries are renewed, peace treaties are put to the test, and the action builds to a pulse-pounding finale.




My Thoughts:

-    This was another fun and adventurous journey! I loved it! 

-    I was super excited for the Herons to go to Araluen, and I was doubly excited when a familiar face entered the story. 

-    I always felt that the rivalry with Tursgurd was left unfinsihed, but this book definitely fixed that. It was a fun chase and I got the closure I wanted. 

-    I love that each member of the brotherband add their own unique talent and skill to the story. The friendship and loyalty are amazing, and I'm always amazed at the trust the crew has.

-    Ingvar really shined in this story. I can't help but love his gentle ferocity. 

-    Kloof is awesome! I love that Hal found a giant furry dog! 

-    The author's humor is perfect! I often laugh out loud, or get a case of the giggles during the bantering between characters.

-    I hope I get to see more familiar characters in the next book! 


Previous book in the Brotherband Chronicles:

The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, #1) The Invaders (Brotherband Chronicles, #2) The Hunters (Brotherband Chronicles, #3)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic NovelFrom Goodreads:    Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.

The magic of L.M. Montgomery’s treasured classic is reimagined in a whimsically-illustrated graphic novel adaptation perfect for newcomers and kindred spirits alike. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm.

Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.

My Thoughts:

-    I loved revisiting Green Gables in a new way! I hope they adapt the rest of the series into graphic novels as well.

-    This was such a great adaptation. They really captured the characters, the scenery, and the spirit of the story.

-    The illustrations were great! The facial expressions on Marilla and Matthew were my favorite. They held so much emotion. This book almost didn't need dialogue.

-    Loved it!

Friday, September 14, 2018

The White Stag

The White StagGoodreads Says:    For generations the tribes of Huns and Magyars had moved relentlessly westward, obeying the voices of their pagan gods, which compelled them to follow the elusive white stag to their promised homeland. They swept Europe, all the while pursuing their vision of the stag. Their leader was called Attila, and the land Hungary. Here is the epic story of their tribal migration and their fierce leader—known to us even today.









My Thoughts:

-    When I picked this up from the library, I was hoping that it was going to be somewhat interesting, but if it wasn't, at least it was really short! 

-    You know those weird mythology stories where weird stuff happens? That is what this story is like.

-    I tried to like it. I really did. Sadly, I was bored. At least the book was under 100 pages, so I finished it quickly.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Before the Devil Breaks You

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners, #3)
Goodreads Synopsis:    
New York City.
1927.
Lights are bright.
Jazz is king.
Parties are wild.
And the dead are coming...


After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten--ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.

With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they've ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation--a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.


My Thoughts:

-    This book didn't feel as long as the last book, but it was still a little long.

-    I like that the events from the previous books are all coming together in this third book, but I was hoping for a trilogy. I had no idea there was going to be a fourth book! I don't know if I will read it.

-    I don't care for the direction the story has taken. Some of the character's decisions bug me, and I don't like that all the adults are enemies. 

-    I have become attached to these characters, but I'm okay being done with them. I don't feel the need to see how their story turns out. It was nice knowing ya, but it is time to move on.

-    I am a little upset that explicit sex scenes were included in this book. All of a sudden, everyone is sleeping with someone. It is crazy! I don't need to know where hands are and what they are doing! I also don't think this material belongs in YA. 

-    I'm a little discouraged with Libba Bray's books. I can't seem to finish her series. I like them when I start them, but then I lose interest. 

-    Why don't any of the covers in the series match?

Previous Book in The Diviners' Series:

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)