Tuesday, 25 September 2018

TMST: Love your Library


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September 25th: Love Your Library Post
I meant to do a cool post, and then suddenly it was the 24th!

When I could put S on my bike, and when she could walk we started going to this library which is the closest to were we live. 15 min by bike. I am trying to make her love the library like I do but for now she loves it more to say hi and wave to the librarians :) This was the library I went to as a kid and well you never forget your first library!

Of course when I was little I went to the bookmobile cos that one came close by, but going to the real library always felt like a treat

(photo taken by Korsholms Bibliotek)

I always feel joy going to a new library. And even though town is really close I had not been before I went to high school.


via GIPHY

Heaven! Now I seldom go there, instead I browse their catalog and order books that come to the bookmobile I can pick them up. Since we live close to the city limit it stops only a 10 min walk from us. I am just so rarely to town anymore and I love that I can do it this way. They are the best!

(photo by Vaasa Library)

Reasons to Love My libraries:
  1. They listen to requests. And I have requested a LOT of books that they then have bought.
  2. I like that I can request a book and go and pick it up at the bookmobile since that is closer to me. Before you had to pay for that but now it is free
  3. I love that I have 2 libraries that are close to me. And that one has a bookmobile close too. The other one does not but that is cos we live so close to that library.
  4. I love that I can borrow books. I love books, but to buy them all would leave me poor as a church mouse.
  5. I love how friendly librarians are.
  6. Go visit your local library today!


Monday, 24 September 2018

A Blade so Black - LL.McKinney


Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Titan Books Ltd
YA UF PNR
For review

My Thoughts:
Alice in Wonderland. Wonderland being that what Dreams is made of, nightmares and all kinds. And Alice being a teenager who is attacked by a nightmare and saved by Addison Hatter. Yes the Mad Hatter is just some 20 year old (who is immortal and older) and not mad at all, or attending tea parties. Instead he is a fighter that protects us little mortals.

Alice was a normal teen, who is now a superhero of sorts. Her mum was SO over protective. I mean I am all for a mother who is present in YA lit, so many are not. But this mum worried all the time. And yes I get it, we d hear about the black girl who was shot by cops while doing nothing at all. So of course Alice's mum wants her safe and sound at home. But how much was Alice really home? Maybe her mum was right to be mad. Can't have your kid running wild now can we. Honestly how did Buffy do it?

Addison, well he is mysterious and we learn more later. He is in exile and at the same time he has to protect the Wonderland/Earth border. And of course they will hook up some time, what else is an immortal guy for...yes I do wish he had been 20 for real instead.

The bad guy, oh I fear he was the down part of the book. It was all good until the bad guy showed up. He talked like a modern snotty teenager. He was all over Alice. It was frankly weird. Why is she so special? I wish he had been scary or evil. Not so meh.

Personally I wanted more, more of something. A stronger book.

Conclusion:
But it was an interesting story, and a different Alice. More will come as the ending was evil. 

Blurb
The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally. 


Sunday, 23 September 2018

Carole's Sunday Review: Be careful what you wish for

Be Careful What You Wish For
Author: A.C. Hutchinson

Title: Be Careful What You Wish For
Genre: Short Story, Horror
Pages: ebook
Published: October 31st 2015
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon Freebie)


When David Patzpowski takes his breakfast at a motorway diner, he discovers the clientele to be a little on the strange side.


A random freebie from Amazon! Just what I was looking for. Something short and something a touch spooky. 


The story follows the man who gets everything he wishes for. I can’t say much else…but he is visited by someone who has a message to send him. 



I felt bad for him in a way because I do not really believe he truly understood he had a gift. I don’t want to believe he is a baddie….but still…maybe he did know? He had to have an inkling, but then a certain event happened and I don’t think he really knew that it was a gift. 



But yes, this was a short one. I would’ve liked a little more backstory and more about the power. Was it a power? Was it karma? Was it luck? I wanted more detail. 



Overall, though, this was a pretty good read. Didn’t scare me too much, but it does make you think. I’ll give this 4 stars. 






Friday, 21 September 2018

Audio: Cowboy Seal Christmas - Nicole Helm


Audio CD, 10 h
Published September 4th 2018 by Tantor Audio
Navy SEAL Cowboys #3
Narrator: Abby Craden
Contemporary romance
For review

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the previous two and I was looking forward to reading Gabe's story.

Gabe was the one who was always smiling in previous books, but not really talking a lot about himself. And I get why, poor man. He has some issues that he carries around. And unlike his friends who has PTSD, he has other things on his mind. But I did like him, but oh how he struggled with his feelings.

Monica is a widow. She has a 10 year old who she is afraid to let out of her sights. And she is the one who will work with the soldiers and their trauma. So of course she does not want to get involved with Gabe. But then he has never come to her, since he has no trauma like that. Anyway, she is a good person and she needs to learn how to stop controlling everything and also to love again.

Which is perfect cos Gabe sure needs someone to love him ;)

They have known each other for a while now as people around them have fallen in love. I knew they would have some ups and downs and that they had. I enjoyed seeing them realise things. And it really was a lovely book that made me want Christmas.

Conclusion
A lovely book

Cover
Sweet

Narrator:
A great voice for this. With range from 10 year olds to men and women

Blurb:
Single mom and Revival Ranch's on-site therapist Monica Finley has dedicated her life to helping brave servicemen and women, but former Navy SEAL Gabe Cortez is the one man whose shell she just can't crack. Yet with the holidays fast approaching, she may finally have a plan. In a bid to get Gabe to open up, she'll ask for as much help as possible-cutting down the Christmas tree, stringing lights, the whole nine yards. Who could possibly be a Grinch with so much holiday cheer in the air? Gabe has always hated Christmas-the holiday never fails to remind him just how alone he truly is. But the more time he spends with Monica and her young son, the more he finds himself drawn to their cozy little family . . . and the more he begins to realize his long-suppressed Christmas dreams may finally be coming true.


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