Books I’m reading this week

It’s been a while since I posted any reviews or shared details of books that I’ve been reading.

So, this week, I am focusing on two books:

  • I enjoyed reading Gary Chapman’s “The 5 Languages of Love” and could not pass up the chance to read this new title.

I requested this book because something about the blurb had me asking questions and the first one was “how can I read this book?” so I will also admit that I did spend quite some time on her website.

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A Review of The Dragon Tamer by Ava Richardson

The Dragon Tamer (Alveria Dragon Akademy Book 1) by [Richardson, Ava]

About the book:


A kingdom divided cannot stand. For those caught in the middle, it means death.

For centuries humans and dragons existed side by side in Alveria, bonded by their care of one another. But no longer. After decades with no viable eggs, humans far outnumber dragons, and the survival of the species appears bleak. The outlook for everyday humans is little better as rogue dragons raid and torment villages. Yet it’s far worse for the tamers, beaten and killed simply for serving the noble dragons. 

But eking by at the bottom of Alverian society isn’t any easier for seventeen-year-old Kaelan Younger. Harder still when her loyalty to the dragon crown is no secret. But when her dying mother reveals a horrifying truth about her identity, Kaelan is thrust into a world for which she is ill prepared.
 Faced with a new life at the proving grounds for humans and dragons alike, Kaelan must reconcile not just her past but embrace the future laid out before her. When her responsibilities as an Akademy tamer collide with her feelings for a powerful dragon shifter, it will take everything she has to prepare for the danger threatening them both. The fate of the dragons she has sworn to serve rests in her hands.

Now Kaelan is no longer an outsider. She’s the enemy.


I love any story that involves dragons and old magic, so this was a treat.

It also helps that Kaelan is a young determined woman who is more than her social status and is as kind as she is fearless in battle. I got to read this book courtesy of Netgalley and now I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

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If you are looking for a fast paced adventure into the world of dragons through the eyes of a young girl who is seen as an outcast, then Get the book on: Amazon

David Mitchell’s “The Bone Clocks”

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I was told that you cannot read a book by David Mitchell and not want to indulge in another one immediately.

I was lucky enough to buy two of his books at once: Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.

Both have multiple first person narrators and there’s an essence of realism and hyper-realism, that you cannot help but sweep in and out of, without feeling like you had a one of a kind experience.

Crispin Hershey, one of the six narrators in this book says, “a book can’t be half-fantasy any more than a woman can be half-pregnant.” As I was reading, I couldn’t help but wonder how he does it, how stories are interwoven that you cannot help but take each word into account and have characters slip in and out of narration.

I’ll definitely look out for more of his works, however one thing is certain after reading Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks back to back (and keeping them in my library) I am not ready to delve into another realm with David Mitchell just yet.

You can get a copy of the book on: Amazon

 

Book Review: Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

YA/250 pages/ Amberjack Publishing (January 29,2019)

About the book: Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .


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I love the cover.

I also love how the author created two sisters; one is not excited about the all the attention they get online and the other thrives on it. Their relationship coupled with their Mom’s involvement in the social media relevance and ‘clicks’ gave me ‘Momager’ feels. It was hilarious as it was a great read.

Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is that it speaks of the current times and the angst not only young but everyone experiences now with content we share online. We cannot escape the vlogs, blogs and lifestyle updates- constantly catching up with people’s lives.

It’s fast paced, touches on internet use and privacy and also has surprising twists and turns, just what you need to enjoy reading it!

I would like to send my regards to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing for granting me an eARC to read.

Get a copy on: Amazon


About the author: Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara J. McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. She loved growing up in a big family, where there was always someone to play with, someone to fight with, and something to read. After graduating from Arizona State University, Kara worked as a freelance writer and a blogger. Now she writes novels for teenagers from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.

Visit the author’s website: here

 

 

What She Gave Away by Catharine Riggs

348 pages/ Thomas & Mercer/ Santa Barbara Series/ Mystery/Thriller/Women’s Fiction

This is a delicious read, thrilling enough for you to know just how revenge is best served cold.


 

About the book: Imagining the best way to destroy a person’s happiness is Crystal Love’s favorite game. Devious and unpolished, the plus-sized loan analyst couldn’t be more out of place in her new town of Santa Barbara, where the beautifully manicured women never age and the ocean views stretch farther than the million-dollar lawns. And yet her eye for the power dynamics at play in this tony community is dead accurate.

Kathi Wright, on the other hand, has made it her life’s work to fit in with the plastic people who surround her. But when her husband—a wealthy bank president—dies suddenly, she’s left with nothing. Then the FBI shows up, asking questions she can’t answer and freezing assets she once took for granted.

While Kathi struggles to outrun the mess caused by her husband’s mysterious death, Crystal seems focused on her game. But why? And who are her targets?


This has got to be the first book I read where I did not empathize or sympathize with the lead characters. Crystal is very aloof at first and as you read on, the layers to her icy nature unravel, but even then, I neither pitied her or rooted for her. Mimi, on the other hand, well, she’s quite the sidekick.

I love how we get both Crystal and Kathi’s perspectives.

I do wish however that for some reason Marco did not get shoved out of the action like he did. I have a feeling that he’d be the one card that Crystal could pull if she ever needed to get even with someone years down the line.


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