2016 Update and Reading Goals

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2016 – Hard to believe, we are now well in to the new year.

I have been graced with a four year old. That fact alone is kind of blowing my mind and that was before the year started.

2016 started with a bang – literally.
My kid was throwing up all over me (and her bed) That is how my year began.
It then went through the entire house but we made it through.

It’s a scary thing when a child that small is sick.
I may have scar tissue forever but that is part of the parenting life.

I have also finally shut my doctor up and gotten my first physical done since having a baby.  (Because where the hell do I have time for that? lol)
Nothing too out there came out of my physical – a couple referrals for small things and I was finally able to get my hand looked at.

I have a cyst on the tendon of my left index finger – right at the knuckle bend. So we are watching that for growth.
I can not tell you how annoying that can be to have a cyst there. The vein is pulled over it, so it looks blue. I thought I had something lodged in my finger.
Good thing, I ignored the people in my life telling me to slice my finger open and take whatever it was out.  (Yeah… like I was going to do that. Eeek)

I have been reading despite the serious lack of posting here.
Christmas holidays, and the stress of traveling (and the extra drama) just left little time for everything else.
But we made it.
The proof is in the 6ft cardboard castle in my living room 😉

I read the first four books in the Sword Of Truth series.
Do yourself a favor, and stop at three if you read it.
The first three were great. I loved them. 4 made me hate the author and never want to purchase another of his books – ever again.
*His books, spawned the television series Legend of the Seeker – which is AMAZING.

Watch the trailer here.

I am going to need to do another re-read just to get over what book 4 did to my heart. If you seen me tweeting that book than you know my anguish.

I have also read

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Living Remnants

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STARCROSSED by Marc Johnson.
Both are short stories.

(Those covers, seriously! Love them)
I haven’t read many short stories, but I can see the appeal to them. Especially in between books when you have no idea what you want to read next. Or when you are trying to avoid falling in to a book rut because the last book you read, you hated.

 

I actually received a gift card for the bookstore as did Kiddo during the holidays. I have yet to decide what books to spend them on. I would really like to take kiddo to the bookstore to pick out her own books unfortunately, they are way too high for her to be able to do so.

One of my reading goals this year – was more variety. I tend to get very stuck in my genres.
I also do a LOT of comfort reading. You know, curling up with a book you have read so much that you have the book memorized. (Every person who’s ever read Harry Potter, knows just what I mean!)

I am going to try to throw myself out of my comfort zone (and genre) a bit more this year.

I’d like to get in to reading some biographies – but I don’t want to read something too dry because then it drags and I end up putting the book down and can’t make myself pick it back up.
I love life stories – especially done in a a journal or letter writing way.
Like: Love & Salt
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or This Star Won’t Go Outthis star wont go outIf you know of a biography or journal/letter style book about someone interesting share it with me in the comments!
What are your reading goals this year?

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Review: Reawakening: The Passage of Hellsfire

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To undo a mistake made a thousand years in the past, the wizard Hellsfire used his magic to bring down the Great Barrier that once divided the northern and southern lands. In doing so, he nearly brought war to his own homeland, and he afflicted the love of his life, Princess Krystal of Alexandria, with a potent and deadly curse.

Since then, Hellsfire has been working in Tyree with its Elemental Council, to rebuild its war-torn land and find a way to break Krystal’s curse. Now Krystal’s time is running out. As the princess fights for her life, Hellsfire learns that the wizard responsible for the curse—his old enemy Premier—is heading to the Burning Sands to steal the mysterious Jewel of Dakara.

If Hellsfire can capture Premier and learn the secret of the curse, he can save Krystal. But the Jewel of Dakara holds its own deadly secrets, and the hunt will take Hellsfire farther than he ever imagined, and cost him more than he bargained for.

The past is never gone nor buried…

 

I have reviewed the first two books in the series. You can find my reviews here and here.
The series has had a bit of a face lift with BEAUTIFUL covers. I love all the covers but I wish I could have the kindle covers on physical books. They blew my mind.

This is a tough  review to write. I am having a HUGE book hang over combined with a case of the feels.
The only real words coming in my brain right now consists of “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” and “WHYYYYYYY?!”
Everything else is heart ache and a feeling I have yet to decipher.

This series has become a fandom of mine. I am pretty obsessed with it.
I waited a LONG time for this book, but now that I have devoured it,(Twice in as many days) I know that every minute of the wait was worth it.
The series has gotten better with age. (and each book)
Book three was by far the strongest book of the series. The writing is amazing. I feel like the knife never really came out of my heart while reading. It just shifted with each new emotion.

I have grown SO attached to these characters that it kind of took me by surprise.

It’s funny, because in the first book, I remember thinking the main character’s name is going to bug me. Now here we are in book three and I am in pieces over his name. (Yeah, I may of gotten teary that’s how powerful this book gets!)
The second book I was on the fence about Krystal and now I find myself pretty tore up about what she’s going through. That’s some pretty great character development to make that happen.

What I enjoyed most about this series and even more in this book, was the fact that my assumptions on where things would go, was always wrong.  Usually one would expect things to get a bit predictable by the third book. With this series that is definitely not the case.

It’s not predictable, but it is also not rushed. There are so many questions left to be answered but instead of leaving the reader impatient, it’s more of a comfortable feeling because you know it’s coming. The story line also doesn’t get weak enough to give you time to really focus on things you’re waiting for, or to get impatient.

Reading it, kept me hooked and pushing my tired eyes on to find out more. I love books that can surprise me and that book does this and more.

I was surprised by how little of Krystal we have seen at various times through out the series, but it never feels like she has gone. The author has mastered the art of keeping characters in the front of your mind, even when they are not present. (or in some cases, are dead. 🙁 )
I can’t think of an author that has been able to do that in the same way.  But I love it. (Even when it is yanking at my heart strings.)

Re-awakening feels like it just might of been the most intense book of the series. Probably because it is so darn emotional. When you think you can feel no more, it hits you again.
I’ve read it twice and my heart still has not recovered.

Re-awakening has topped my favourite books of the year list, for this year. That’s a no brainer. I have read it twice and I am already considering picking it up a third time as well as debating on re-reading the series again. (Yeah, see obsessed!)

I am having a hard time separating myself from this darn book, I swear we’re lucky I am not sleeping with my Kindle App under my pillow at this point. 😉 There are not many books that we can say that about. In fact I can count the books that we can. So that is a serious achievement.

This is a must read for all who like Fantasy, or who just love a really good book.
If you haven’t started this book, or the series than you are missing out and I feel sorry for you.
This is a must read.
Another 5 star read, from one of my favourite authors.

 

 

See the authors website for more.

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