(BookR) Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau, Joe King

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**I was provided an advance readers copy for reviewing purposes**

Pages: 97

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★

Publishing Date: December 15th 2015

My review:

In Faith and Moonlight you are introduced to Roan and Kay, two orphans whose orphanage has just burned down and left them without a place to stay. By chance or dumb luck they manage to rescue a man not long after who gives them the chance of a lifetime, the chance to go to school to become a Razor. Striking fast, with supernatural grace and power the razors are the most revered soldiers in the land, and Roan and Kay cannot wait. There’s a catch though, to become a Razor, you must pierce the veil… something that usually must be done by the age of 10…. and both Roan and Kay are 14. Oh, and because they are 14 the lady who runs the school has given them a limit….They have a month.

Resonating with the pain and fear of knowing you are not going to be good enough, balanced on the razor edge that the hope you will be presents Faith and Moonlight is a solid addition to the collection of stories Joe and Mark are creating and is definitely not to be missed.

Description:

Faith and Moonlight is the first novella of the YA fantasy series of the same name. It is the tale of two orphans who get the chance of a lifetime, told in a fast-paced, 90-minutes. Reviewers compare it to Harry Potter, Divergent, and Ender’s Game. It is recommended for readers who enjoy fantasy, young adult, school stories, magic, and coming of age tales.

Roan and Kay are orphans.

A fire destroys their old life, but they have one chance to enter the School of Faith.

They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test.

They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?

What won’t they do?

 

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(BookR) Hunter By Mercedes Lackey

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**I borrowed the audiobook version of this book from my local lubrary**

Pages: 384

Cover: ★★ out of 5

Book: ★★★¾ out of 5

Publishing Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

My Review:

This is a fantasy set in a future where the Apocalypse has occurred, just not in the way most of the world had expected it would. Instead of a rapture, there has been a rupturing of the worlds and magic has become a thing of reality. Not everyone has magic, but those who do are gifted with magical allys to help them fight the monsters that threaten to take out whats left of the human race.

Very BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER meets ENDERS GAME

When you are first introduced to Joyeaux, She has been called to Apex (the capital) from her mountain top home by her uncle to help the city fight off the increasing pest problem the creatures from the otherworld are creating. Unfortunately for her, her uncles status in the government and her particular talent make her a target and she soon finds herself in the middle of a plot to hurt her uncle.

It was fast paced and overall I enjoyed it. I would like to have seen more of the situation with her and her love interest Josh, but hopefully that will be in the next one. Definitely worth the read, though I found that I was a little disappointed in the ending. A little too predictable without much explanation as to why things happened the way they did.

 

Other Reviews:

Joyeaux Charmand has spent most of her life at the remote Monastery, training and serving as a Hunter. Since a catastrophic event called the Disarray, monsters of all kinds have crossed into the real world from the Otherworld and it’s the Hunters’ jobs to destroy them. Joy and her supernatural Hounds are summoned to the capital city, Apex, where she learns that Hunters there are regarded as celebrities, with their own television channels and rankings. As Joy adjusts to her flashy new life, gets to know the other Hunters, and starts Hunting, she begins to realize that Apex is not as safe as it seems and that there are secrets the government does not want exposed. This satisfying sci-fi YA novel is set in a fully thought-out future with cultural references woven throughout. Joy’s Hounds are Alebrijes, and the monsters she hunts come from a variety of sources: Drakkens, Folk (evil fairies), Vamps, Tommyknockers, Gogs, and Magogs. The protagonist is a principled, smart, strong girl and is easy to root for. The language can be clunky at times, but the incredible world-building more than makes up for it. VERDICT A perfect choice for “Hunger Games” fans and readers looking for stories with strong female heroines.—Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT

”Armed with wit as quick as her reflexes, her magic, and her equally enchanting Hounds, Joyeaux embarks on a journey that sets her questioning the motives of every person she comes in contact with as well as the larger system that was built to keep people protected. Lackey builds this magically post-apocalyptic world briskly…Joyeaux’s narration is spellbinding, the prose easily balancing the technology of the future with the traditions of the past. Captivating, dynamic, well paced, and thrilling.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

”Lackey successfully mixes dystopia and fantasy in this series opener…Exciting, entirely entertaining, and sure to please her fans.” —Publishers Weekly –This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Description (As listed on Amazon.com):

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.

Monsters.

Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities,behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.

To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.

Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers,and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in-to them, Joy and her corp of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.

When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, Joy uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them.

(BaubleR) Samsung s2 Classic 3g Vs. Samsung s2 classic bluetooth

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Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3g Vs. Bluetooth

Rating (Out of 5 stars):

Classic 3g (Black): ★★★★

Bluetooth (platinum, Black, Rose gold):★★

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Review:

I have the 3g black classic version of this watch from verizon and its paired with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I  also had the Platinum bluetooth version that I bought as a gift for my boyfriend for about 2 days. I love this thing. As I said in my about me section I am a kitchen designer which means I sit for 2 hour sessions with my phone and don’t have the chance to look at my phone very often. This watch gives me the ability to glance at my wrist and check my text messages and screen calls to make sure that I’m not missing an emergency call from my sons daycare or ignore a call without having to dig my phone out of my purse in the middle of an appointment. At first I thought OMG why did I spend this much money on a watch?!?! but after one day forgetting to charge it and going without it I make sure I charge it every night. It has its limitations… very few apps and an onboard keyboard that could use a little help to be more intuitive but overall that is much outweighed by the fact that I can take a call while cleaning my house without having to worry about something falling out of my ear, and it has a find my phone app that will let me find my phone when I invariably misplace it. This watch is basically a pared down version of a phone on your wrist. It is a little bulky but still looks good on the wrist, and is hand over fist better than the bluetooth version.

Pretty much the only thing the bluetooth version (especially the platinum and rose gold) has going for it over the 3g version is in the looks department. Overall it has pretty much the same functions, with a smaller battery and with the not so little minor detail that it is missing the speaker. You can use the voice to text feature but all phone calls have to be made directly from the phone. This meant that I took the bluetooth platinum version back in exchange for the unactivated version of the 3g watch from AT&T. You don’t get the 3g capability, but you can do all the other things that it does without it, like make or take a call on the watch.

Specs:

Classic 3g (Black):

(taken from http://www.anandtech.com/show/10059/samsungs-gear-s2-classic-3g-4g)

US versions of Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G/4G with eSIM are using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC Runs at 1 GHz, coupled with Adreno 305 graphics and integrated baseband capabilities. The smartwatch is equipped with 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB NAND flash storage, 300 mAh battery as well as 3G/4G, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC wireless technologies. The wearable gadget sports accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate, ambient light and barometer sensors to enable various health/fitness tracking applications. The Gear S2 Classic features 1.2-inch circular display with 360×360 resolution (302 ppi density). Like the rest members of the Gear family, the S2 Classic 3G runs Samsung’s proprietary Tizen operating system. The 4G variant is identical to the 3G variant, but for US markets only, and so it’s still just HSPA+ rather than LTE.

Bluetooth (platinum, Black, Rose gold):

  • Classic style with a ceramic bezel and 20mm Genuine leather band
  • Intuitive circular interface and rotating bezel for easy navigation, Access to important notifications, texts, and updates at a glance
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi : 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHZ, Bluetooth : Bluetooth v4.1, Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP
  • Compatible with Android 4.4 and later with 1.5GB RAM. Some features may not be available. For best compatibility, connect with Samsung Galaxy devices. To find out more call 1 800 SAMSUNG.
  • Wireless charging dock includedClassic style with a ceramic bezel and 20mm Genuine leather band
    Intuitive circular interface and rotating bezel for easy navigation, Access to important notifications, texts, and updates at a glance
    Connectivity – Wi-Fi : 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHZ, Bluetooth : Bluetooth v4.1, Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP
    Compatible with Android 4.4 and later with 1.5GB RAM. Some features may not be available. For best compatibility, connect with Samsung Galaxy devices. To find out more call 1 800 SAMSUNG.
    Wireless charging dock included

(taken from Amazon.com)

Where to find it:

 

Your wireless carrier (in the US, with the exception of sprint) and Amazon, Best Buy, etc. for the 3g version and the same for the bluetooth version.

I would NOT    suggest getting ANYTHING from Samsung directly. This was how I bought the platinum version the first time, and they sent me the notification that it was shipped at 8:00 at night after it was already supposed to have been delivered (Fedex tracking said that it had been delivered to “mailbox” at 1:45 pm since no signature service was requested by samsung on a $449 dollar watch and the $70 watch  band I bought ) Long story shot I spent 5 days fighting between the two of them to get my money before I gave up and just filed a claim with Paypal to get my money back. 

 

Pricing (At the time the article was written):

As low as $249.99 with a 2 year contract from certain providers and as much as 399.99 w/o the 2 year contract from others. I suggest buying the unactivated version from a place like best buy where you can still purchase a protection plan.

[BookR]My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

 

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**I was provided an advance readers copy for reviewing purposes**

Pages: 336

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★

My review:

Grady Hendrix really captured what high school feels like, 
creating a visceral connection with his main character Abby and her best friend Gretchen. 
I found my heart beating faster when they found themselves in tight situations.
Definitely caused feelings of frustrated, suspense and at times even disgust in all the right places.
 I could picture exactly what it must have been like for my mother to be in high school in the 80's.

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(BookR) Eidolon by Grace Draven

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Pages:239

Cover: ★★★ out of 5

Book: ★★★★ out of 5

Publishing Date: April 18, 2016

Description

**Sequel to RADIANCE and Book #2 in the Wraith Kings series**

In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne.

Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned.

A tale of alliance and sacrifice.

My review:

*#*#Spoiler Alert#*#*

As stated in my previous review, I am a bit of a fan girl when it comes to Grace Draven and her books.

(I literally stayed up all night last night reading this book, see 1 hour of sleep and a raging migraine ALL day)

So… I’m going to start off with what I didn’t like, and then we can focus on the amazing stuff.

At the beginning of the story, you pick up where you left off, with Queen Secmis having just released a Galla Horde into the world in her quest for supremacy. You then skip to Kirgrippa, former maid of Ildiko now promoted to nurse of the newest heir to the Bast Haradis Kingdom, a princess, tucked away in a remote part of the castle, which is good for her because its the only  reason she makes it out alive. Anyway, with the help of the guards they manage to make it out JUST in time. This is probably my least favorite part of the whole book because it sets you up for the ending, and I think I would have been a little more entertained had I not known that there was a spare heir floating around the country. Thats not to say I wasn’t on the edge of my seat… and she did throw me for a loop. The whole first chapter I was praying to god that she didn’t suddenly switch to someone else’s point of view. Then I kept secretly rooting for them to come up with a magical way to let Ildiko and Brishen make babies, just in case princess regnant got lost…. because I don’t see Ildiko just stepping aside and letting ANYONE take her man. The most entertaining character for me has always been Secmis though. I grew up with my very own Secmis and was sooooo happy to see her finally meet her end.

Plenty of romance and hot steamy encounters.

Definitely worth the $3.99 if you liked Radiance, which I definitely recommend you read first and the best part is its also currently $3.99 on amazon. Just don’t blame it on me if you end up spending more money on the other books she’s released.

So now we wait…for the next book in the wraith kings series. Come on 2017!

 

(BookR) Radiance by Grace Draven

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Pages: 297

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★

Publishing date: January 11th, 2015

My Review:

If you are a fan of beauty and the beast you will love this book. Ildiko is a noble of relative unimportance in the land that she comes from, so she is married off to the spare prince of the neighboring race, the Kai. The Kai are the opposite of human in all ways, born with gray skin, claws, and a mouthful of fangs they thrive at night. Can she leave all that she knows and loves for the good of the kingdom?

I am an unashamed fan girl of Grace Draven, I have read all of her books and just started re-reading this one in preperation for the newest book in this particular series Eidelon.

Description:

~THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE~ Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined. ~THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE~ Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light. Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

 

About the author:

Grace Draven

Looking for any excuse to delay in doing the laundry, Grace Draven turned to the much more entertaining task of telling stories about fantasy worlds, magic, antiheroes, and the women who love them.

She currently lives in Texas with her husband, kids, and a big doofus dog. Laundry has now been assigned to the kids.