Book Blogger Hop- March 16-22nd


Book Blogger Hop

I have been eagerly awaiting Friday this week and I am very happy it’s here so I can answer this week’s Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
This week’s question is:

Who is your favorite children’s books author and why?

Is there any doubt to the answer of this? As mentioned in my Welcome! post, my first book love was receiving Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling for my 11th birthday! I remember my Mom reading to me before then but that is the first book I remember reading to myself that I fell in love with. To this day, I am a proud Hufflepuff and Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix never fails to pull me out of any reading slumps I may be in. I make it a point to reread the series at least once a year!

What about you? Who is your favorite children’s book author? Has your favorite changed as you’ve grown up? Leave a comment and let me know!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Good Monday everyone! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week!

Last week I read

Bound by a Dragon   Dead Heat     Burn Bright       Immortal Matchmakers, Inc

I’m currently reading

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Blackbirds (Miriam Black #1)

This week I plan to read:

Aaru     Slipper     The Siren’s of SaSS Anthology     Loved by a Dragon

Other post of interest:

Book Blogger Hop

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc Excerpt

Stacking the Shelves

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc Review

What are you reading this Monday? Comment below so I can stack my TBR pile even higher!

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc Review

Come in friends, sit down and put up your drinks. Can I offer you some ice water? I know it’s cold outside but the book I’m going to tell you about will get you Hot, Hot, Hot!

This is a book I couldn’t put down, not even to eat lunch! Thank goodness Kindle’s can be cleaned relatively easily. Anyway, let me introduce you to Andrus and Sadie from Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.

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SEVEN DAYS TO GO FROM LETHAL IMMORTAL ASSASSIN TO PRINCE CHARMING. DOES HE STAND A CHANCE?

Demigod Andrus Gray may look like every woman’s dream, but when it comes to charm, he sees no point in pretending: He has none and makes no apologies for it. Behaving nicely hasn’t made him the deadly assassin he is today. But is that really the reason he’s still single?

The Goddess Cimil—owner of Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.—thinks yes. So when she foresees a mate in Andrus’s near future, she’s determined to make the match happen. That means hiring aspiring actress Sadie Townsend to help the barbarian “act” a little more civilized.

But are seven days really enough? And why does he suddenly have the urge to throw away an eternity of love for just one night with Sadie?

My thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book! It was sexy and funny and had just enough suspense to keep me interested! We start the book with a foul mouthed God of Temptation and the fun goes up from there!

We meet Andrus who is a tall, smoldering, arrogant, SEXY, demigod. He hides his heart of a gold with an arrogant asshole exterior that makes you want to kiss him, hit him and then kiss him again. He has 8 days till he is to be introduced to his fated mate, and he is a little rusty on his charms. Besides, his first mating didn’t turn out too well, why change for this second chance?

and then we meet Sadie who is a curvy, independent and spunky aspiring actress who is down on her luck. She has 2 weeks before being evicted from her apartment and she is offered 100k to teach an “actor” to behave like Prince Charming. She is down for the challenge…. she thinks.

This starts off a battle of wills that will make you fan your face and laugh out loud! The plot thickens when Andrus discovers that something is stalking and attacking Sadie, she wakes up with no memory and scratches covering her body. Andrus decides to protect her while he tracks the evil and a friendship, and something more begins to spread from there!

Add in a stable of kooky, hilarious side characters- a Goddess of Destruction who can’t decide if she wants to end the world of save it? check! an invisible evil unicorn? that too! and a God of Temptation more turned on by an innocent in granny panties than a babydoll? he’s here too!

And the romance is HOT! Like, panty melting, curl your toes, put down your tea, hot.

All told, I’d give this book 5 stars without hesitation and I recommend it to anyone who loves a lighthearted paranormal romance!

Top quotes:

And he definitely made her womanly bits perk up their little ears like a pack of tiny crotch wolves who scented something delicious in the air.

-Sadie

“I know everything. Except the things I don’t know, but since I don’t know them, then I know everything as far I’m concerned.

-Cimil

Stacking the Shelves

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Welcome to Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality where I share what books I have added to my shelves this week! This has been exciting week for me, if not my wallet!

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Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.
But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

51e3gn21rul-_sy346_The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.
Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.
The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…

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Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin’s parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live.
Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents’ marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.
Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy’s return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent’s resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin’s mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.
We also see a life reclaimed—a business created, a new love kindled—all from a wheelchair. Martin’s emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

51bqpecjjhl-_sy346_ “…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…”
-Friedrich Nietzsche
Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.
She is sixteen years old.
Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.
Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.
What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.

My shelves over flow with goodies! I think I’m most excited about Swing Time by Zadie Smith and Aaru by David Meredith. Look at the cover of Aaru! And the representation found in Swing Time is amazing!

What about you? What books did you stack your shelves with this week? Comment and let me know so I can add them to my TBR pile as well!

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc Excerpt

Welcome friends!

I am very excited to share an excerpt of Immortal Matchmakers, Inc by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff with you! Look for the review for this book to post soon, but I can sum it up with 3 words: HOT, HOT, & HILARIOUS!

The best part of all about this book? It’s currently on sale for only $0.99 right now! That’s right! $1 for an amazingly hot read by a best selling author! Get your Kindles out now!

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Book Blogger Hop- March 9-15

 


Book Blogger Hop

Happy Friday everyone!

Today we are part of the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

This weeks question was submitted by A Night’s Dream of Books. They ask,

Do you enjoy retellings of, or “sequels” to, classic novels? Why or why not?

In answer, I love retellings of classic novels or fairy tales! I enjoy when authors take a world or characters I’m already familiar of, and flip that familiarity on its head. I recently read Alice by Christina Henry, review to come soon, and it was an amazing retelling of Alice in Wonderland. It had all the familiar character names- Alice, Cheshire, the Jaberwakie- but in none of the familiar settings.

What I love most about retellings of these classic stories is, it does a lot to modernize and increase interest in them. Pride and Prejudice  might be too dense for a new reader to jump into feet first, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies may be an easier way to introduce readers to the writing style and characters, while engaging new reader’s attentions.

What do you think? Are you a fan of retellings? Do you think it modernizes the book or does it interfere with what made the story a classic in the first place? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Welcome!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet world!

My name is Alli Cat, you can call me Alli for short.

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I’m a voracious reader and when I’m not reading books, I’m reading about them! That’s why I created this site. I want to be able to share my thoughts and recommendations as I discover new books!

I am 25 years old and married to my best friend. My love of books started at my 11th birthday when an aunt bought me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as a birthday present. From that moment I was hooked on the magical ability of books to transport you to another land and turn you into a strong adventurer, or a pretty princess, or a mythical beast. Through books you can be anyone you have ever wanted to be, you can see magical lands you would never be able to travel to, and you will meet your best friends that you can never have coffee with. Now that I’m older, I still love Harry Potter and revisit him often but my tastes have also expanded. I try not to discriminate between books but I’m most fond of Romance- historical or paranomal; Mystery- cozy or thriller; and Horror.

When I’m not reading I can be found playing with paper in other ways. I create Artist Trading Cards using mixed media techniques and I’m a huge planner nerd. If it’s not pretty, it’s not going to be used around here!

So pull up a chair and a glass of something hot, and enjoy the world of books with me and find out which books are the Cat’s Meow!