ABC Book Challenge ✰ N

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with N ✰
1) Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel

2) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

3) The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

4) NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

✰ Books on my TBR starting with N ✰
1) Neverminds by Rich Bernatovech, Illustrators Jamie Fay and Danielle Alexis St. Pierre

2) A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

3) Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

4) Niccolò Rising by Dorothy Dunnett

Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins

The battle-scarred warrior princess Bluebell, heir to her father’s throne, is rumoured to be unkillable. So when she learns of a sword wrought specifically to slay her by the fearsome raven king, Hakon, she sets out on a journey to find it before it finds her. The sword is rumoured to be in the possession of one of her four younger sisters. But which one? Scattered as they are across the kingdoms, she sets out on a journey to find them.

Her four sisters all have their own paths to tread, the gifted magician Ash is on a journey to find a dragon that could determine her destiny. The beautiful, unhappy Rose has left her undermagician Aunt and is speeding to the aid of her daughter, Rowan, who has been lost to her. Ivy, sold into marriage for the sake of an alliance, is now set to become the ruling Duchess of Seacaster with the imminent death of her much older and sick husband, and the power-hungry Willow is raising her infant child as a potential trimartyr king and training to be a warrior for the fanatical religious order Maava.

From wild rocky coastline to granite-topped tors, from bustling harbours to echoing ghost towns, from halls of kings to ancient primal woodlands, this story follows five sisters upon whose actions kingdoms will rise and fall.

Synopsis from here.

This is an ARC that I won from a Giveaway that Del Rey was having on Instagram. Thank you again, Del Rey!

I am a little confused though because the book is being released in the U.S. on February 2, 2019 but was released elsewhere in 2016, and some of the reviews on Goodreads are from 2 years ago. So, is this still an ARC?

Whatever it is, I enjoyed this second book in the trilogy. There is some fun action and it’s to the point. The description doesn’t drag on and on. I would say it was more character driven. The characters, especially the sisters are well written and are diverse in their personalities. I certainly have my favorites sisters that I root for and ones that I want to smack across the head. I’ll elaborate more below so beware of spoilers.

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ABC Book Challenge ✰ M

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with M ✰

1) The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

2) Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood

3) The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

4) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

5) Morning Star by Pierce Brown


✰ Books on my TBR starting with M ✰

1) The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida

2) The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

3) The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

4) Matilda Empress by Lise Arin

5) Moby Dick by Herman Melville

6) Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

7) My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

ABC Book Challenge ✰ L

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with L ✰

1) Lightless by C.A. Higgins

2) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

3) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

4) A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

✰ Books on my TBR starting with L ✰

1) Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent

2) The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

3) The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin

4) The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers by Kerri Turner

5) The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

6) Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright

7) The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

8) Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

9) The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

10) The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks

11) Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

12) Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton.


Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless – mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Will Patton. At first I really didn’t like his voice at all and missed Campbell Scott’s voice. But as I started getting into it I got used to his gruffness and thought it actually worked really well with some of the members of the True Knot and with Billy Freeman.

I thought Dan’s character as an adult was spot on for what would become of his life in the aftermath of the traumatic events of the Overlook Hotel. Also, the way he wrote his recovery from alcoholism was so well written and so believable that (besides King saying it himself in the Author’s Note) I looked it up and King knows from experience! I did not know that Stephen King was a recovering alcoholic.



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ABC Book Challenge ✰ J and K

Continuing this challenge I saw at these blogs: Purple Manatees, and The Bibliophagist.

✰ Memorable books starting with J ✰

I have not read many books beginning with J.

1) Jedi Academy Trilogy: Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson
2) Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson
3) Jedi Academy Trilogy: Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson

✰ Books on my TBR starting with J ✰

1) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Thandie Newton (Narrator)
2) Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
3) June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
4) Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

✰ Memorable books starting with K ✰

I have never read a book starting with K!

That can change.

✰ Books on my TBR starting with K ✰

1) Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

2) Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

You can see why I combined these two letters.