Weekly Link Up

Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs…
Monday
Life as Leels | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | All Romance Reader
Tuesday
It’s My Side of Life | Celticlady’s Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley BooksA Library of Reviews | Cinnamon Hollow Reviews
Thursday
Miki’s Hope | Nicki’s Nook
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance | Mother Distracted | Colorimetry | The Ultimate Fan Blog
Saturday
Totally Addicted to Reading | 3 Partners in Shopping | Angie’s Angle I Creat Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings
Sunday
Lynchburg Mama | LibriAmoriMieiAli – The Dragon Slayer | Wondermom WannabeMy Bizzy World |
Deal Sharing Aunt | Rambling Reviews 

For Pre-orders post – PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author

For New Releases post – NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post – FREE / genre / title / author / end date
For Bargain Books post – SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection!



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Sunday Post

Happy Sunday! It’s Memorial Day weekend, and as I’m sitting here writing this (the night before), I’m thinking about my family and those that have served in the military. I’m about to do the sermon in church tomorrow, about my Grandfather, Allan G. Osborne, who was injured helping with the aftermath of the Cocoanut Grove fire, a Boston nightclub, on November 28, 1942. It seems so silly to be talking about books while others are serving and giving up their lives for our freedom, but here we are all the same!

 

Last Week on the Blog:

 

 

New Books Received:

3 more review books for book tours came in

 

 

Linking Up To:

Stacking the Shelves

Sunday Post

Garden News

 

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Welcome to “Garden News”, where, I share news of my garden!
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Planted / picked this week:

Rhurbarb! Kale/lettuce/swiss chard is doing nicely; we should be able to start picking some in another week, especially the lettuce and the swiss chard.

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To do this week:

I never managed to get any herbs, so I’m still hoping to pick up some & plant in pots. I plant my herbs in pots, so that I can keep them in the shade and not in the full sun of the regular garden. I’m still hoping to plant some flowers, and need to transplant my indoor plants into large pots as well.

Reckoning book review

I received this book for free from blog tour in exchange for my honest opinions/ review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.

Reckoning book reviewReckoning by Kerry Wilkinson
Series: Silver Blackthorn, #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on July 1st 2014
Genres: dystopia, sci-fi, YA
Pages: 368
Format: ebook
Source: blog tour
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

One girl. One chance. One destiny. In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorne takes the Reckoning. This coming-of- age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.But these are uncertain times and no one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle.

Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide? Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out . . .

The heart-stopping first book in a new trilogy by UK author Kerry Wilkinson, Reckoning is the story of one girl's determination to escape the whims of a cruel king, and what she must do to survive against all odds.

I signed up to read the third book in the series – review to come very soon – so you’ll see the review for book 2 very soon, too!

So let me start my review off by saying this book – and the series in general – has a very similar feel (at first glance) to the Hunger Games, and even in small part, Harry Potter. The Reckoning, for the first few chapters, will definitely feel similar to the Hunger Games – the reckoning to me is very similar in feel to the lottery in the Hunger Games. After that though, the Silver Blackthorn series has a feel all its own. It’s similar to Harry Potter in that you are routing for a small group of characters to survive against evil that is just not understandable (which is usually the case when someone is crazy, after all).

The world and characters are well written, Silver’s a great heroine type figure without being over the top, and I enjoyed the book except I did feel the ending was a little rushed, but it was well written the way it was done so the ending still works.

four-stars

Bag Man book review

I received this book for free from author in exchange for my honest opinions/ review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Bag Man book reviewBag Men by Silas Jackson, J. R. Traas
on Dec 2015
Genres: horror
Pages: 73
Format: ebook
Source: author
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
three-stars

Forty years ago, the world as we know it was destroyed by hordes of the undead. Decades later, the threat isn't gone. It has evolved.

In 2069, the Bag Men work to make Sacramento, California, the safest place on earth.

In the first installment of the Bag Men series by Silas Jackson and J.R. Traas, the Sacramento Bureau of Public Health is facing a new danger inside the walls of their city. BPH agents are something between doctors and soldiers. And they have one job: keep the public safe in this new world, where the undead look and act like the rest of us, where zombies can blend in with the crowd.

To protect us from an enemy we can't see until it's too late, we've given the Bag Men unlimited power to decide who lives and who dies. This christmas, the house is not silent. Something is stirring.

This is a shorter novella about a new world where the zombies act just like humans like you or me, until they decide to eat your brains. It’s a shorter work, and took me much longer to read then it should have based upon the length.

The book has some back and forth between the past and the present (most of the time this didn’t make much sense to me as far as further the plot was concerned), but then at the end, everything got tied together with a nice little twist, with a bit of an opening in case the author decides to turn this into a series.

There’s a lot of characters for such a short story, which made things a bit confusing at times, which is one reason for the three star review, but it’s well edited and the pacing is good.

three-stars

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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No Substitute for Motives by Carolyn J. Rose is now out and available for sale! This is the 6th book in the Subbing isn’t for Sissies series. This is a cozy mystery series and the first three books are only .99 cents! 

About the Book:
While Barbara Reed’s drug-cop boyfriend is away, her life spins out of control. Dave’s daughter shifts to drama-queen overdrive, Cheese Puff hits new levels of canine entitlement, and Barb’s overbearing sister demands help with a mid-life makeover. To complicate matters, things go missing from the high school, and a plot surfaces to close the city pool.

Then things get worse—Barb’s neighbor is accused of killing a retired mobster known as Big Shiny. When she was Las Vegas showgirl royalty, Muriel Ballantine steered clear of the vicious thug. She insists she didn’t recognize him when she rented the stage at a remote inn to practice her dance routine for a reality show.

Barb is certain someone framed Mrs. B—perhaps Glorree Morning, a high-kicking competitor from back in the day. When the investigation stalls and Mrs. B is placed on house arrest, Barb decides it’s time to color outside the legal lines.

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About the Author:

Carolyn J. Rose grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, gardening, swimming, and NOT cooking. Find out more about her and her books at http://www.deadlyduomysteries.com

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Tuesday Task It

Task it Tuesday

How have you been? How’s YOUR to do list?

My current to-do list:

  • get caught up reading
    • Work on netgalley books
    • work on older ARCs received
    • work on amazon freebies
  • write up a couple more task it tuesday/sunday posts- also added to my planner
  • continue editing the next challenge post, adding links as needed, and start writing up the next month’s challenge post
  • Get caught up on reviewing books
  • Get caught up on netgalley books & submitting feedback
  • Create a graphic for my monthly movie post
  • work on a monthly planner related post
  • Update books on goodreads
  • Continue brainstorming/thinking about doing a challenge for “classic” historical fiction, or however I want to word it, for later this year or next year
  • FINISH some of my long-outstanding books I started reading in January, or update as DNF’s. Make a decision instead of letting them sit!
  • Write up a list of outstanding ARCs, including source & where the books are (i.e. sitting in dropbox, on Mindy (my new Kindle), on my older kindle, a hard copy, still sitting in email, etc. Try to include dates of when I received the ARC (if known), and due dates
  • Work on a few evergreen posts

Garden:

  • divide up one of the larger rhurbarb plants & give half to Cyn
  • divide up rest of rhurbarb as needed & transplant
  • start mulching, adding compost to the garden, adding shredded leaves, etc. as needed
  • continue working on fence repairs
  • continue planting new peas weekly