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ARC Review: Santa, Please Bring Me a Gnome

33375922 Santa, Please Bring Me a Gnome by An Swerts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dear Santa… That’s how Tess starts her letter. You don’t have to bring me any toys this year. The only thing I want is a real gnome. Full of anticipation, Tess looks forward to the day her new friend arrives: a friend she can take everywhere, and with whom she can share everything. With Grandpa and Grandma’s help, she gets everything ready. Grandpa builds little pieces of furniture, Grandma sews a little blanket, and Tess prepares a welcome meal. And then it’s finally Christmas Eve … Will Santa bring a real gnome? A heartwarming picture book with wonderfully funny illustrations.


*I received an ecopy through NetGalley from the author. This is my honest review*

This is a perfect example of why I still enjoy children’s books! The lovable little Tess is smart, and has some big dreams! Wanting a friend she can take everywhere, she asks Santa for a real gnome! This charming tell shows how Santa handles such a big order, and it’s sure to please! The pictures are well done, and pair beautifully with this story, giving in an atmosphere of hope and cheer.

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Bookish Discoveries #2: Moving to Saturdays!

Description:
Every Thursday, we talk about something new that we discovered which is book related. It can be something that is recently created or discovered or it can be something old that you just discovered or you are interested in. It can be a book you just read or added to your tbr. It can also be an author, genre, poem, story, word, character, a new trend etc. Basically anything that is related to books. You can also share some news or talk about something that caught your eye.
You can do this every Thurday or just whenever you want to.
If you’re not a blogger or just don’t want to make a blog post, you can also post on Twitter and Instagram, just use the hashtag #bookishdiscoverythisweek.

Ok so I’ve been really slacking when it comes to getting new content again these last couple of weeks. Sorry! I’m trying to start posting more tags and memes, but the blog tours are so tempting, I have to stop over-booking myself! XD I really have a hard time saying no to good books, and I’m bad for signing up to review EVERY stinking book that catches my eye! Ugh… Haha, And I’m also sorry that my other ‘blog’ ‘job’ etc, is spilling over, but I’m so excited to have found this series, and can’t wait to share it with all of you! Also so far, no one‘s signed up for my tours yet, so if any of them interest you, please sign up, or let me know and I can add you to the mailing list for open tours.  So this is my weekly find, the Four Worlds series! (Oh, and this month is ARCs, next month’s reviews will be mostly books I have on tour…I told you I have a problem saying no, lol) If you are interested in any of the tours, but don’t want to read the book, spotlight and promo posts are fine, it still gets the word out about new books, and that’s the goal! 🙂

Blog Tour will run from October 23th – November 3!

 There’s a book description, author bio, excerpts, guest posts, and interviews.
The book is open for review! (I have links to the first two, and book three will be ready in September!)

A DIY media packet and simple HTMLs for Blogger and WordPress will be provided to everybody.

Posts must be up by 10am EST on your scheduled date and does NOT have to be the top post
​(but preferably in the top 4!)

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Eliesmore: The Green Stone (The Four Worlds Series #3)
by Angela J. Ford
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publishing: September 9th, 2017

Summary from Goodreads: 
Run, run as fast as you can. Never stop…
Changers have arisen, wreaking havoc as they harvest the world, searching for the Green Stone. The South World sinks in despair, holding its breath, waiting for the One.

Eliesmore is a Blended One, growing up on the edge of the forest of the creatures of the wood. Young, headstrong, and inspired by magical rituals, he spends his time between his overprotective mother and sneaking out to dance with the wild things.
His courage is tested when Eliesmore discovers that he is the One who is meant to save the Four Worlds from the Changers. Unwilling to accept his fate, he turns his back on the prophecy and the futile quest to dissolve the Green Stone.

But Eliesmore will soon learn he cannot escape his destiny. Beset by creatures of the deep and hunted by servants of the Changers, Eliesmore finds his task will test the loyalty of his companions and help him answer the ultimate question:

Can he trust the immortals – or are they the reason the Changers have come to power?

The Blended Ones (The Four Worlds #2) 
Phyllis and her 17 year old twin sister, Ilieus are blended ones. But Ilieus suffers from vision of darkness she is unable to discern. Forsaken by their parents the two cross the country in search of the Order of the Wise for help.

Cuthan the Charmer is mischievous enough to change anyone s mind with a smile and a wink. Born into a family of treasure hunters, he s searching for the key to unlocking his dormant powers.

Pharengon the Horse Lord was born to be King. Young and inexperienced he seeks a weapon to turn the tide of the war in his favor. But when his very own army betrays him, he will have to turn to the Lost Ones for assistance.

Caught in the fate of the Eastern World the youths destinies become twisted together in a frightful quest that will change the course of time. In the midst of their whirlwind adventure, they discover love, loss and uncover the truth about who and what is behind the chaotic, spiraling events in the Eastern World.

The Five Warriors (The Four Worlds #1)
What if… your best friend started a rebellion in the middle of a war? your lover awakened a deep evil and helped it grow? your people were too cowardly to face a battle? you stole an ancient power source? you gambled with the fate of the world?
  

 “The characters were well-written and well-developed, the story was clear and enjoyable without being predictable, and there were a couple of evenings I stayed up later than I intended just so I could get to the end of a chapter. If you’re a fantasy fan, you’re going to LOVE this!” —Amazon review

Purchase Links:
Amazon(Book 1)/ Book 2 / Book 3

Kobo(Book 1) / Book 2 (coming soon!) / Book 3

 Nook (book 1) / Book 2 (coming soon!) / Book 3

Google Play (Book 1) / Book 2 (coming soon!) / Book 3

About the Author:
Brought up as a bookworm and musician, Angela J. Ford began writing The Four Worlds Series—a fantasy series—at the age of twelve. The story-line of those books was largely based off of the imaginative games she played with her sisters. Angela originally finished the series when she was sixteen.
 After college, Angela began to
rewrite The Four Worlds Series, bringing it from a child’s daydream to an adventure young and old can enjoy. Since it is inspired by fairy tales, high magic, and epic fantasy, Angela knows you’ll enjoy your adventures within the Four Worlds.

If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her at a local coffee shop, enjoying a
white chocolate mocha and furiously working on her next book. Make sure you say hello!
Stay in touch: www.TheFourWorldsSeries.com

Author links: 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aford21/

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Review: The Warlord Wants Forever

6388558 The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole makes her audio debut with the first title in her spellbinding Immortals After Dark series….

The Warlord

Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his Bride, the one woman who can “blood” him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his mate will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted, his army’s new immortal captive, awakens him body—and soul.

The Seductress

Famed throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, Myst has devoted her life to protecting a magical jewel and to fighting the vampires. Wroth provides her with the perfect opportunity to torment her sworn enemy—for with his new heartbeat comes a consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her. Denying him, she escapes, struggling to forget his searing, possessive kiss.

The Hunt is on…

She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen her enchanted jewel, giving him absolute power over her. Now that she’s his for the taking, he intends to make her experience first-hand the agonizing, unending lust she subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Nikolai realizes he wants far more than vengeance from Myst and frees her, will she come back to him?

I stumbled across this series the other day, and for whatever strange reason, felt the need for something different. I grabbed the audio book from my library and listened through the whole book in one day. I’m the first to admit I don’t like books the focus on romance or sex, but overall I did enjoy most of this book. I liked Wroth, not loved, but I did enjoy his parts. Myst was OK, and I enjoyed her toward the end, but I didn’t like some of her choices at the beginning.

It was fun seeing two strong and determined characters work out their differences, and choose sides. I also liked the little big of lore we got between a vampire and a Valkyrie pairing. The sex was ok, but since the story was so short, I didn’t get to know the characters well enough to really care about it.

The audio was interesting, and it was my first time listening to two voice actors in a story. I enjoyed both, and especially liked hearing Simone Fomhar’s and Hagan Verret’s version of Wroth’s accent! They put on a great performance, and made the story interesting!

Review: Crimson and the Battle of Lonely Mountain

30331743 Crimson and the Battle of Lonely Mountain by Valerie Pike
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The lonesome dragon Crimson is stranded in a cave with a wish-catching bat fairy, Flame Twig, and is determined to make the best of a bad situation. When he sheds his scales, they turn into rubies. The spirited dragon does not fit in with the other greedy dragons and misses his family.

Crimson soars out into the unknown lands surrounding his cave. During his adventure, he meets other dragons, including Sparks Snorter, a clever and sly warrior dragon who lives in a cave at the bottom of the ocean, Green Smasher the Gold Hoarder, who lives in a lair near an inactive volcano, and Green Smasher’s two-headed daughter, Amethyst, who embodies the best and worst of dragon character. Unfortunately, friendship is not what Crimson finds.

Soon a Princess Penelope who lives at the base of Lonely Mountain in the Castle of Contentment ventures to his lair in search of love. They become friends and get into various adventures together. Crimson gives Penelope a magical ruby necklace.

Readers will delight in the adventures of Crimson and Penelope as they encounter fairies and get caught up in an epic dragon battle of greed and revenge that threatens to destroy Penelope’s Kingdom. Will Crimson win at the end and restore harmony to the townspeople? Will Crimson overcome his loneliness and find a kind soul to be a friend?

*I received a copy for review from the author.*

Such a great story, and well told! I really enjoyed this one, and loved the narrator’s storyteller style. Crimson wants a friend, and finds one in Princess Penelope. They work together and make friends and enemies as they try to protect Penelope’s kingdom.

The audio version was a joy to listen to, and Tracy Turner’s style reminded me of story time in second grade. Great for preteens and middle grade readers, as well as older readers who enjoy a fun fantasy!

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Review: Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven essential tools for bringing your story to life

Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven essential tools for bringing your story to life Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven essential tools for bringing your story to life by Mike Klaassen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from the author for review. This in no way affects my review*

Another great read that I plan to keep close by! As I start writing again, I find that there are many things to be learned, and like any art or craft, writing takes practice, but more than that, it helps to have a mentor. So I seek out books like this to help me learn, and to better understand what all goes into writing a book. This book has eleven different aspects of writing fiction that every author should know. From sensation and emotion, to action, description, and narration, to name a few. All these and more are important in all works of fiction. Seeing them broken down and laid out helped me better realized not only that they are all important, but also when and where each should be used.

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Review: Children of the Sea, Volume 5

16145983 Children of the Sea, Volume 5 by Daisuke Igarashi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Long-awaited conclusion to the critically acclaimed series! When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does.

After following Umi deep into the ocean, Ruka finds herself in an undersea cave where she hears a voice calling to her. She soon realizes it is the meteorite in her stomach, telling her the next step in her journey. The FINAL VOLUME of this majestic tale.

Such an interesting and satisfying ending! This story is unlike anything I have read before, and it’s so complex it’s amazing! While I didn’t love the art, it was beautiful and well-done in a folk-art sort of way, and fit perfectly with the story. I did love the colored art of the underwater scenes, through-out the series I was amazed by all the tiny details shown in the lighting and motion of the water when colored.

I enjoyed reading this one, and definitely recommend this series to anyone who likes myth/folk-lore type stories! It has such a traditional old-timey feel that I enjoyed, and while I’m glad to know how things turned out, I will miss the depth this story shared! Such a unique read!

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Review: Children of the Sea, Volume 4

8374018 Children of the Sea, Volume 4 by Daisuke Igarashi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jim, Dehdeh and Ruka’s mom finally track down Anglade’s yacht, but neither the rogue scientist nor Umi or Ruka are on board. All that remains is a cryptic invitation to Jim. While Jim tries to figure out the game his ex-colleague is playing and Kanako dives into memories of her daughter Ruka, the strange seachanges continue around the globe.

This are starting to happen and the tension is building. I really enjoy this series, and this one is literally the beginning of the end. This one explains a lot of the back story for some of the main characters, and prepares the reader for the finale. While not much happens, this is vital in better understanding the story and characters as a whole.

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Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 5

10226366 Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 5 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!

Iku is about to face her most difficult challenge–her parents are coming to visit the library where she works! When she joined the Library Forces, she told her parents that she was just going to be a librarian Now they might discover that she’s on the ultra-dangerous Task Force. Can her parents ever accept that she’s a library warrior?

This one was a fun, yet heartbreaking addition to the series. I hated seeing Komaki go through his ordeal, but I loved the story overall, and really enjoyed a love story other than Kasahara’s! I really loved the art in this one, and it was fun seeing Kasa get dolled up! This series keeps getting better, and I’m looking forward to reading more. I’m loving the mix of relaxed and playful with the serious and danger air that keeps coming up. I also loved how the parent arc was handled and the ending was much better than I had expected!

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Review: Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 3

8174533 Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 3 by Kiiro Yumi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves–the Library Forces!

Iku is witness to a disturbance during a Board of Education speech on protecting children from the danger of books. The perpetrators are two young boys protesting the banning of their favorite books. But while Iku wants to reach out to the next generation of book lovers, Dojo insists that they can’t play favorites. Will Dojo’s prickly insistence on sticking to the rules ruin their budding friendship?

In this one things heat up, with both love and war in the air! We start out with a story about two children protesting to protect their favorite book. It’s a nice change from the daily life at the Library, and definitely welcome when the next story starts. The second part of this volume is much more serious and dangerous for our favorite team.

Dojo and Kasahara both as stubborn as ever, fail to see eye to eye, but they do have some welcome moments of peace in this one. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next volume!

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