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Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead #BlogTour @HamsteadKatie @YABoundToursPR

Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #2)
by Katie Hamstead
Genre: YA Space Opera/Scifi/Fantasy
Release Date: March 14th 2017
Curiosity Quills Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he's about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot.
Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel's quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she's discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back.
The problem is, Hansel's paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they…

March 2017 Books

This month was a very lucrative book culling. I read nearly 20 books and have a 6 high pile of paper books and another 8 ebooks to speed read. There have been some really good reads and some not so good reads, but all have been interesting.

You can find the reviews for a lot of the books on this list, on the left sidebar or by clicking this link: reviews.

Here's my March books.

 James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl Surviving the Angel of Death - Eva Mozes Kor
 The Kill Order - James Dashner Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop
 The Automation - GB Gabbler The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See
 Caraval - Stephanie Garber Cold Reign - Faith Hunter
 Frogkisser - Garth Nix A Crown of Wishes - Roshani Chokshi
 Carve the Mark - Veronica Roth Garden of Thorns - Amber Mitchell
 The end of Magic - Amber Benson The Witchfinder's Sister - Beth Underdown
 Free Space - Sean Danker Vanguard - Jack Campbell
 The List - Patricia Forde The Castaways - Jessika Fleck
 Strungballs - Mike Russell

Digging in the Stars by Katherine Blakeney @YorwickCastle #BlogTour

Digging in the Stars
Katherine Blakeney
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
A lost ancient civilization and the tomb of a legendary king lie buried beneath centuries of ash on the volcanic planet Thror, but that’s not the only reason sixteen-year-old Carter has tricked her Archaeology of Outer Space class into coming here. Her best friend Conrad has just disappeared on a trip to Thror, leaving behind little more than a broken vintage camera. The strange and disturbing photographs she manages to extract make her suspect Conrad’s disappearance is somehow connected to the hidden tomb of the last king of Thror.
Unfortunately, the ludicrously over-friendly ‘Furry Giants’ who have taken over the planet’s barren surface would rather offer her cheap souvenirs than answers, and the local officials insist they have no record of Conrad’s existence. Inspired by fear for Conrad’s life and the chance to make the greatest archaeological d…

#WeeklyMenu Week 190

Happy Monday! Welcome to the brother head hugging pile. This is how my boys show their affection to their older brother. I'm not sure if he likes it or if he's ready to run.
We spent the whole week being sick. One right after the other came down with the flew. It was terrible, but I think we are passed it all... Finally...
Well, enjoy this weeks menu!
Monday - Mongolian Beef Ramen
Tuesday - Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
Wednesday - Tortellini Sausage Soup
Thursday - Pork Schnitzle and Potatoes
Friday - Chicken Rice Bowl
Saturday - Beef Stroganoff Soup
- Tuna Sandwiches

#BookReview - Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession

Title: Anne Boleyn - A King's Obsession By: Alison Weir Genre: Historical Fiction Release Date: May 18th, 2017 Publisher: Headline Review
Summary from Goodreads: 'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian

The young woman who changed the course of history.

Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love.

But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game.

Anne has a spirit worthy of a crown - and the crown is what she seeks. At any price.

ANNE BOLEYN. The second of Henry's Queens. Her story.
History tells us why she died. This powerful novel shows her as she lived.

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Review: I've always been drawn to this story and how one woman almost brought down a country. This book was written well and kept me intrigued from start to finish. The characters had color and depth. They brought to life the story of the Boleyn sister…

#BookReview - The List by Patricia Forde

Title: The List By: Patricia Forde Genre: Fantasy  Release Date: August 1st, 2017 Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Summary from Goodreads: Fahrenheit 451 meets The Giver for tweens in this gripping story about the power of words and the dangers of censorship.
In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.

On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.
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Review: This book started off with a cray concept. A list of words that are approved and the rest are banned, that's preposterous. There was intrigu…

#BookReview - A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Title: A Crown of Wishes By: Roshani Chokshi Genre: Fantasy Release Date: March 28th, 2017 Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Summary from Goodreads: Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit an…

#WeeklyMenu Week 189

Its been such a beautiful day. I can't wait for summer to get here so I can enjoy the sun. We spent the weekend cleaning out our cars from the nasty winter weather, removing all the gunk that's built up over the last few months. 
Enjoy this weeks menu!

Monday - Pork Chops and Rice
Tuesday - Guacamole Breakfast Sandwich
Wednesday - Chicken and Rice Casserole
Thursday - Spaghetti
Friday - Mongolian Beef Ramen
Saturday - Tortellini Sausage Soup
- Tuna Sandwiches

#BookReview - The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Title: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane By: Lisa See Genre: Historical Fiction Release Date: March 21st, 2017 Publisher: Scribner
Summary from Goodreads: A thrilling new novel from #1New York Timesbestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.
Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among…

#BookReview - The Castaways by Jessika Fleck

Title: The Castaways By: Jessika Fleck Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: April 3rd, 2017 Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Summary from Goodreads: Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies in this YA contemporary fantasy.
The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.
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Review: Wow! I can't even express how epic this book was. I couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover in 24 hours. The Castaways pulls you in from the moment you open the cover when y…