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Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

I was nominated by the wonderful Kalina @ Kalina Reads for this award. If you have not checked out her blog yet please do. Beauty and the Beast was my absolute favorite Disney movie when I was little.

Tale as Old as Time | A Popular Theme, Trope, or Setting You Will Never Get Bored of Reading

I could read Hate to love books forever.

Belle | A Book You Bought for Its Beautiful Cover That’s Just as Beautiful on the Inside Too

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That Inevitable Victorian Think by E.K. Johnson

Gaston | A Book Everyone Loves That You Don’t

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Lefou | A Loyal Sidekick You Can’t Help But Love More Than Their Counterpart

 

Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger.

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, and Cogsworth | A Book That Helped You Through a Difficult Time or Taught You Something Valuable

I know this sounds Cliche, but Harry Potter.

Something There | A Book or Series You Weren’t Into at First But Picked Up Towards the End

Not sure.  If I do not like the fist book in the series I tend not to continue reading it.

Be Our Guest | A Fictional Character You’d Love to Have Over for Dinner

Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell from the Stalking the Jack the Ripper Series.

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Book Blitz: Rheia by Cassandra Page

Rheia
Cassandra Page
Publication date: October 13th, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

“Beauty and the Beast” meets Ancient Greece, with a steampunk twist

Every year, Rheia’s father brought home four prisoners of war, sacrifices to keep the demon Typhein bound. Rheia never gave them much thought … until her father’s enemy made her one of them. Now she has two weeks to find a way to escape death at the hands of the Beast and either save her people or condemn them to destruction.

The last thing Rheia expected was to fall in love with the Beast oath-bound to kill her.

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EXCERPT:

Rheia waited, fidgeting, until the herbalist finished tying off the bundle of fennel and counting out her change. Then she tucked the herbs into her basket and followed her brother, head down so as not to attract attention: an unwed, unaccompanied woman. She would kill Aias if his running off resulted in any slight against her name. She swallowed and adjusted her veil, making sure her hair was completely covered.

She found Aias standing in the deep shadows beneath the statue. He couldn’t see into the temple from there, wedged as he was between one huge sandalled foot and an outer pillar, adjacent to the shadowed porch, but his head was cocked as he listened, eyes wide as wine cups. “You just wait until I tell Mammidon about this,” she hissed.

“Shh,” Aias whispered, raking her with a contemptuous gaze. “I’m listening.”

“And if the priests see you out here, lurking like a thief, what will they say?” She grabbed his arm and tried to pull him away, but he eeled from her grip and stepped closer to the entrance. If she tried to grab him again, he might stumble backward, out into the bright sunshine where he would be much more obvious. Grinding her jaw with frustration, she glared at him.

He glared back, head tilted upward to meet her gaze. “Rheia, something is going on. They are stirred up like an ants’ nest. Don’t you want to know why?”

“No,” she whispered, shaking her head emphatically. And she didn’t. She wanted to browse the trinkets at Phidias’s stall, see if he knew her name, see whether Galen was lurking out the back somewhere and might come over to see her.

But she couldn’t do so without Aias. “All right,” she said with a sigh, crossing her arms and looking away towards the harbour as though she was merely taking a moment to shade herself from the hot sun. “One minute.”

Resolved not to listen to the voices inside the great building, Rheia studied the mason’s mark hidden at the statue’s heel as though it were the most interesting thing in the world. She had heard of Myron, even though he’d died when her grandmother was a baby; the huge statue had been his last great work. But a babble of raised voices as they passed close by the inside doorway caught her ear: the words thysia and offering louder than the rest, as the speaker emphasised a point. They fell away, and she wondered what had happened to cause such consternation. Had the helot girl tried to escape again? Had she been successful this time? There would be a city-wide manhunt to find her if it were true. A surge of sympathy for the girl made her purse her lips. How awful it would be, to know you would be dead when next the moon was full.

Aias’s fingers digging into Rheia’s arm brought her back to herself. “Rheia,” he whispered, the sound sharp with fear. “Let’s go.”

“Finally,” she muttered, glancing up and down the street for watching eyes before hurrying him away from the temple, her hand at the small of his back so he couldn’t dart off again. But when she tried to stop at the goatherder’s stall to buy a pottery jar of milk, he dragged her on, out of the agora. “Aias, stop! Wait!”

“You heard what they said.” He shook his head, curls bouncing emphatically as he hauled her along the street, almost at a run. “We have to get home. Father will know more.”

Rheia’s heart felt strange in her chest, anxiety making it flutter. “More about what? I was trying not to listen. As you should have been.”

Her little brother stopped, staring up at her with his mouth ajar. Then he pulled her by the hand into a quiet alley, away from the bustling traffic of the main street. “One of the helots is dead,” he whispered, eyes glittering with excitement. “One of the girls. Suicide, they say.”

Rheia’s eyes widened as she stared at her brother. The flutter in her chest expanded to swallow her belly. “But what will happen now? It’s only two weeks until the festival. The offering!”

“That’s what they were arguing about. One of the priests thought the triremes would be sent back out, while the other said it was too late. Father will know; if the ships are to be sent, he will captain the fleet. Come on. Before he leaves!”

Rheia let Aias drag her up the hill towards their villa, her mind whirling with the implications. The Broken Ones were meant to have the thysies for a full ten days before the ritual. Something about cleansing rituals. But that would only give the triremes three days to get to the helot lands and back again. Would it be enough?

And if not, what was the alternative?

Author Bio:

Cassandra Page is a mother, author, editor and geek. She lives in Canberra, Australia’s bush capital, with her son and two Cairn Terriers. She has a serious coffee addiction and a tattoo of a cat – despite being allergic to cats. She has loved to read since primary school, when the library was her refuge, and loves many genres, all of them speculative fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she engages in geekery, from Doctor Who to AD&D. Because who said you need to grow up?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Monsters

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. For more information on this meme, visit the Goodreads group.

This weeks theme is: Favorite Monsters (any mythical creature)

Faerie

Faerie

Gnome

Phoenix

Phoenix

Hippogriff

Centaurs

What are some of your favorite mythical creatures?

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The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated by the wonderful Brittney @ Perfectly Tolerable for this award. If you have not checked out Rachel’s blog yet please do.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Leave a link to their blog
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

Seven Things About Me:

  1. I am from WV, born and raised.
  2. I love watching crime drama tv shows; however, I rarely find myself reading them in book form.
  3. I have 3 dogs who are just like my children
  4. I was born on Friday the 13th
  5. I am an Aries
  6. I write everything out in long hand before it gets typed up
  7. I am a list person.  I function best if I can make a list of things I need to accomplish.

I  Nominate:

Demetra @ Demi Reads

Rachel @ In Between Book Pages

Leslie @ Books are the New Black

And anyone who wants to do this tag!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? October 16, 2018

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It’s the start of another week.  It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.

Last Weeks Books
The Price Guide to the Occult

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
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When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Guilt and fear instead led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona cursed them. Fast-forward one hundred–some years: All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. She has reason to hope: First, her supernatural powers, if they can be called that, are unexceptional. Second, her love life is nonexistent, which means she might escape the other perverse side effect of the matriarch’s backfiring curse, too. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. Nor senses a storm coming and is pretty sure she’ll be smack in the eye of it. In her second novel, Leslye Walton spins a dark, mesmerizing tale of a girl stumbling along the path toward self-acceptance and first love, even as the Price Guide’s malevolent author — Nor’s own mother — looms and threatens to strangle any hope for happiness.

Brisingr
Brisingr 
by Christopher Paolini
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Oaths sworn… loyalties tested… forces collide.

It’s been only months since Eragon first uttered “brisingr”, an ancient language term for fire. Since then, he’s not only learned to create magic with words — he’s been challenged to his very core. Following the colossal battle against the Empires warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more adventure at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin, Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength — as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices-choices that will take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.

Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

Current Reads:
Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
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Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe
 by Melissa de la Cruz
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Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?

The Lady's Guide
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
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A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

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Unique Blogger Award 

Unique Blogger Award

Good Morning all!

I was nominated by Krisha @ Bookathon for the Unique Blogger Award. Thank you so much for the nomination! If you have not checked her out yet you really should!

Rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

Questions

Who is the one author whose books you can swear by?

Gail Carringer

How do you select your next read?

I choose by how I feel at the time.  I am very much a mood reader. Sometimes I have to start a few books to find the one that appeals to me at that time.

What is your bookish pet peeve?

I really can’t stand when books are modeled completely after a popular book. Just because it worked once does not mean every book needs to be the same.  I have nothing against using the same concept to make your story different. Make it yours.

Questions/Nominations

So due to the number of tags that I have posted lately I am not tagging anyone but if you like these questions please feel free to do this tag.  Let me know if you do I really would like to see your responses.

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TAG: The Entertainer

Good Day Everyone!

I was tagged for this by Demi Reads if you have not checked her you yet you really should.  Thank you so much, Demi, for nominating me even though this is really late.

Here are the questions:

1. What are your top three tropes?

Hate to Love (this will always be my number one)
The Chosen One
Enemies to Friends

2. What blog posts do you enjoy more writing?

Reviews.  I worry myself sick while in the process but I always feel accomplished after they are done.

3. What was the last book you’ve read and absolutely loved?

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

4. How do you feel about giving one-star reviews?

I rarely give one-star reviews if I don’t like a book that much I will just DNF it.

5. Are there any genres or sub-genres that you never read?

Erotica. I have nothing against it, it’s just now for me.

6. Have you ever been in a reading slump? If yes, what books helped you get over it?

Yes.  I am working on getting over one now.  The best thing I have found is not to pressure myself to read and when I feel like I want to read and I just don’t know what to pick up I go back to reading a few chapters to all of Pride and Prejudice.  For me, this always works this book is just so comforting. I am finding myself reading a few chapters between me picking up other books right now.

My questions:

So I am going to cheat on this and say if you decide to do this please use the same questions that I answered above.

My nominations:

I nominate anyone who wants to do this tag!

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