Sunday, July 24, 2016

Winner Winner Ice Cream Dinner!

We have a winner! Congrats to Nicole on winning a signed hardcover copy of Tiffany McDaniel's fabulous debut novel, The Summer that Melted Everything.

It's a beautiful story and I hope you thoroughly enjoy it.

The book hits shelves July 26th! Only two more days to preorder, or check it out on release day.

Want more free books? More are coming, I promise. I just have to finish reading them first ;)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

No show, no review...

I had a review planned for this week, but the game is a no show. It's been 25 days since it was shipped and I'm calling it lost. If it arrives, we'll revive game night and give it a go... Except that does leave my week without a review so... I selected a new book and we'll see if that one makes it.

In the meantime, our signed giveaway is coming to a close so enter now!

I'll announce winners tomorrow and get in contact with the author for a personalized copy 😊

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Onyx Webb

Happy Hump Day! Just finished up another gripping read, Book one of the Onyx Webb series.

4 Stars

The Onyx Webb series is a mish-mash of colorful tales, interconnecting in a web of fascinating coincidences. Each tale gives a view into a new generation and the ways in which Onyx Webb's story has directly affected a century of history. Onyx Webb is a mysterious, hard crime, ghost story that keeps you asking for more.

Every chapter is a leap through time and space, handing out tidbits of information about our characters. One chapter we're in Louisiana, the next New York, the next Illinois. 

It takes some getting used to, jumping around every single chapter for a few pages of history, but for the most part it works. Each scene is titled with the time and place, your job is to remember the characters and where you last left off.

I was worried at first, with such short scenes and skipping stories so often, but once I got the hang of it, it worked. My only issue was when I came to the end. If only the book had ended two pages earlier... Just shy of a reveal that would have been best left for episode 4, the beginning of book 2. I would have been left begging for more and instead I left cheated out of much needed answers. This is going to be a long series, 10 books in all, but the good news is, most episodes have already been published. 

I'm curious to pick up the next book and see how long the rapid scene changes can continue to hold my attention. I thought the setup was fantastic in the first book, but I have a feeling I may have trouble keeping focus for another book filled with a whirlwind of information for me to keep up with.

It's a very good read, well planned and well thought out. If you like the setup, and I suggest you give it a try before dismissing the book entirely, then I think you will thoroughly enjoy this series. There is a lot left to be told in the story of Onyx Webb.

Friday, July 1, 2016

How May We Hate You...

4 Stars

From page one I thought this book was going to be fantastic. It was funny and clever and touched on everything I hated about working customer service. There are adorable drawings, amusing photos and funny games to play as you read along. And I really have to say the cover is fantastic.

Then, about halfway through, I thought it had hit a low point. I almost didn't continue. The side comments became bitter and stabbing remarks that included name calling and belittling that I really thought was unnecessary for the book. It had been so funny without that, so why become angry and biting halfway through? I pressed on deciding I shouldn't review the book solely based on a few negative pages and I'm glad I did.

I completely understand why anyone would have negative things to say about customer service jobs. I hate working customer service. People are rude and treat you like shit, but the book is hilarious without the name calling and it remained a positive outlook on all the horrible crap minimum wage workers deal with.

I have never worked in a hotel, but anyone can relate to this. We have all wanted to scream in some idiots face and tell them how the world is better off without them. How May We Hate You is a great release for your frustrations. You are not alone in your suffering! From horrible customers to the most annoying co-workers, this book will help you deal with all that pent up anger and remind you that it's just a job. And some day it will all be over.

This book was given to me for review by Blogging for Books