Book Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Tower of Dawn
By: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 668
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica-the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both-and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.



Review: If you've been following me, you know that I love Sarah J. Maas. Her books are always full of adventure and fantasy. This book took a different twist on her usual story line as we follow one of our favorite characters, Chaol.

Its good to see him in his own element, to know a little bit more about how his mind works. We really don't get that too much in past books of this series. He is such a great character that has had a rough go at it, and now his damn legs don't work. Poor guy. Fix him, please someone fix him.

This was a nice change to the story and I am excited to read the next book in the series. 

Weekly Menu #308 And The Book Of The Week


Hello Monday! Welcome back. I just have to say that I installed a new keyboard on my laptop and now I have the wonderful V button back. You don't really know how important the V button is until its not there any more. I went an entire year without the V button. Welcome back V button.

There have been so many good books on my radar this week, but I think the one that I am going to go with is Leah on the off beat by Becky Albertalli. It was voted on of the best books of 2018 by Goodreads readers. Its a shorter book so I think I'll be done with it within a day.

I think you will all find this weeks menu to be delicious. Enjoy!


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Leftovers Night

Book Review: Crowfall by Ed McDonald

Title: Crowfall
By: Ed McDonald
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 384
Release Date: June 13th, 2019
Publisher: Gollancz

Summary from Goodreads: Crowfall is a gritty epic fantasy for fans of Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch and Daniel Polansky.

'Dark, twisty and excellent . . . Grimdark with heart' Mark Lawrence

A sorceress cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the Republic and the immortal Deep Kings.

Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new monstrosities feed on fear in the darkness, and the power of the Nameless, the gods who protect the Republic, lies broken. The Blackwing captains who serve them are being picked off one by one, and even immortals have learned what it means to die. Meanwhile the Deep Kings have only grown stronger, and are poised to deliver a blow that will finally end the war.

Ryhalt Galharrow stands apart from it all.

He has been deeper into the wasteland known as the Misery than ever before. It has grown within him - changed him - but all power comes with a price, and now the ghosts of his past, formerly confined to the Misery, walk with him everywhere.

They will even follow him, and the few surviving Blackwing captains, on one final mission into the darkness.



Review: The one thing that draws me to this series is the way the author has built this amazingly rustic fantasy world. It almost feels like an old western at times, but the fantasy elements that weave through the story give you a sense of the magic that holds the story together. 

Our main character is back, aging, but has spent so much time in the Misery that his body has changed. He can heal faster than a normal person. The problem is, everyone wants him dead. The good and the bad. To make things worse, there is a war coming and Galharrow has an important part to play. Will he survive, or will he be struck down by anyone of the deadly things that pursue him?

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.



Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Title: An Anonymous Girl 
By: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 375
Release Date: January 8th, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads: The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us.

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.



Review: There is a reason why I don't normally read this genre of book. They always seem to bee so flat and predictable. I haven't read a mystery thriller in a long time that brought something new to the table. I have to admit, this story wasn't terrible, but it wasn't new either. I wanted more. I wanted a surprise, but nothing pulled me out of the pages and made me say "Wow."

The one thing I did like was the premise of the story. A social experiment gone wrong, that makes the book readable. 

I gave this book three stars because it wasn't terrible. I enjoyed the story and the writing was well done. I just wanted that Wow factor and didn't get it. 

Weekly Menu #307 And The Book Of The Week


Monday, here we are again. It seems like one week melds into the next and we are stuck in this continuous cycle of Mondays. Always Mondays.

It was a strange week last week with the fourth of July happening right in the middle. My middle son came down with a fever on Monday and it didn't go away until Friday. His fever spiked on the 4th at 104 and right before the fireworks started at dusk, we ended up in the ER, attempting to bring the fever down to a less damaging heat. he was at 100 by the time we lest, but the doctors couldn't figure out what was causing the fever. No infections, no symptoms of the flu, no fluid in the longs or appendicitis. There was just nothing. I'm glad that the fever finally broke, but that kid likes to give me a scare.

The book for this week is going to be Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I've seen the movie and there is nothing out there that I know of like this. The whole premise of a zombie coming back to life because he falls in love with a living girl is awesome. I really wanted to find out how that would unfold on paper. What do you think?

This weeks menu is going to be delicious. I'm still happy with the recipes from Marley Spoon by Martha Stewart. They are simple and usually don't have a lot of carbs as the base. I'm not a huge carb freak in the evenings tend to like a nice salad with my protein. What is your meal style?

I hope you enjoy these recipes. I know I will.

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- Tuna Sandwiches 

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Leftovers Night

June 2019 Wrap Up


Welcome to the June book wrap up. I can't believe how many books I read last month, there were 22 in all. That's a lot, even for me. I think its because the summer reading program is going on at the library, and the more books you read, the more entries you have into the weekly drawing.

There have been some pretty amazing books, like Vicious and This is where it ends, but then there have been some really terrible ones like Clockwork Orange. I am sorry if you loved Clockwork Orange, but I couldn't stand it. The only reason I read it was because I needed a book with my favorite color in the title. I'm running out of Orange books and think I might need to change my favorite color next year. I'm just putting that out there.

Lets get on to the books. Have you read them? What did you think? Leave me a comment below.


This Is Where It Ends 

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10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Vicious

(Villains #1)

Super Turbo Saves the Day!

(Super Turbo #1)

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He’s not just the class pet hamster, he’s SUPER TURBO! In this brand-new series that’s packed with adventure, Captain Awesome’s loyal sidekick is the star of the show!

You know Turbo as the crime-fighting hamster from the Captain Awesome books. But ever wonder what actually goes on when the last school bell rings and Turbo is left to his own devices? After all, what do you think your class pets do all day? You think they sleep, eat, and wait for you to play with them? Well, think again, because Turbo isn’t just any hamster. He’s SUPER TURBO and he’s here to fight evil in and out of the classroom! Along with his superpet companions, Turbo battles everyday evils at Sunnyview Elementary, such as flying ninja squirrels, a gang of evil rats, giant Eraser Dude, and more!

In this first book, Turbo realizes that he’s not the only superpet in town (or in school). As he meets fellow superpets, such as Angelina the guinea pig (a.k.a. Wonder Pig) and Frank the rabbit (a.k.a. Boss Bunny), he also encounters a super VILLAIN: a rat who goes by the name of Whiskerface. Can Turbo and the Superpet Superhero League save the school from Whiskerface and his rat pack?

With easy-to-read language, illustrations, and comic panels on almost every page, the Super Turbo chapter books are perfect for emerging readers!

Salvation Day

A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.

They thought the ship would be their salvation.

Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya—the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.

But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship—a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.

And then they woke it up.













Book Review: Salvation Day by Kali Wallace


Title: Salvation Day
By: Kali Wallace
Genre: Scifi Horror 
Pages: 320
Release Date: July 9th, 2019
Publisher: Berkley

Summary from Goodreads: A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.

They thought the ship would be their salvation.

Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of hours. But now it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya—the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship.

But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship—a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping alongside the orbiting dead.

And then they woke it up.



Review: This was a terrifying space ride. OMG! We meet our characters in the midst of their devious plan to take over an abandoned space ship. From the get go, there is so much excitement and thrills. You don't know who to trust, who is going to catch this "disease" that plagued the ship and killed the entire crew years before. Bodies floating dead in the vacuum of space. Some with visible wounds and some with no sign of what killed them. I was so scared the whole book. My fingernails are no more. Who will survive the dead ship, and who will succumb to whatever it is that lies in the cold void of space?

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.