eBook Review: Bridge Daughter by Jim Nelson

This ebook was sent to me by the author for an honest review.

 

Title: Bridge Daughter

Author: Jim Nelson

Length: 386 pages

Purchase at: Amazon Kindle

Summary: In the god-fearing city of Concord, California, thirteen-year old Hanna lives with her attentive and caring parents. Life is quiet, quaint, and outside of her Aunt Azami and Uncle Rick, Hanna truly believes she needs nothing more in her life. Everything changes, however, on her birthday, when she decides to steal a pregnancy test from her local pharmacy.

Her life is cut in two: life before pregnancy test, and life after pregnancy test, and she must learn to cope with the indelible fact that she is her mother’s bridge daughter. Hanna goes on a mission to learn her own beliefs and values, from herself, to her parents, to God himself, and along the way she learns the gut-wrenching truth that sometimes there is a purpose to your life. And it may not be what you hoped.

Impression: I’ve never gotten teary-eyed after reading a self-published book yet, and I’m happy to say that Bridge Daughter is that inspirational and entertaining of a novel.

Jim Nelson weaves a novel FRAUGHT with taboo topics (religion, sex, life VS death) and handles them so professionally and emotionally. Hanna is a beautiful character that undergoes one of the most trying and tortuous character arcs I’ve ever read- the entire time, I rooted for her through all of her trials, good or bad. She begins the book as a naïve, immature child and ends the novel a saint. Though that, ladies and gentlemen, is the question that Nelson seems to pose all along: where is the line between morality and the right to live your life as you see fit? Is there a line? Is there actually a divine reason behind your existence?

This is an incredible scifi novel that bridges (ha) the gap between religion and science. It is so emotionally superb and is not overhanded with any of the themes (because let’s be honest… religion novels tend to drive people batty, but this is one of the gems that genuinely, genuinely asks you to learn and question on your own). The style is a tough one for authors to grasp, because not many people can write from a thirteen-year old girl’s stunted perspective. But Nelson achieved the nigh impossible. You learn and grow with Hanna, you come to understand the world she exists in and the choices that she has to make, and you endure the tests she must face with as much uncertainty and doubt as she does.

I would suggest this novel to everyone- it is intelligent, gripping, and hard to put down. The action is full-speed ahead; no one makes it out of this book without a tested perspective after some masterfully written heart-wrenching moments. Nelson is a tried and tested author, and I genuinely suggest his book to all scifi and high fantasy lovers. Five feather pens!

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Pottermore Patronus Test… My Results and Thoughts!

Hey, my friends!

I just wanted to share a new exciting addition to Pottermore that I think you might all have fun taking part in!

JK Rowling finally released the Patronus Charm backstory and included a test for Wizarding students at Pottermore to take in order to discover what our Patronus is!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting YEARS for this lol

This test was written by JK herself, so I’m not surprised by how deliberate and accurate it is. It actually stressed me out a bit because it warns you that it’s a timed test and to stay on the page… I kind of just clicked on whichever answer first came to mind- this may have been her intention, but don’t worry yourself anxious in fear that you’ll miss a question. It’s really well-timed and I only wish I could have reminded myself that it’s an experience, not a quiz!

It’s a great setup, though. It’s super interactive as if you’re going through the process of learning the Patronus charm yourself. And the Forbidden Forest scenery is so spooky and immersive! I’d definitely recommend you put the sound on because the music and the wand movements sound so beautiful.

My favorite thing I learned about the Patronus charm is the following small excerpt that JK wrote before you take the test:

The Patronus, asserted Spangle, represents that which is hidden, unknown but necessary within the personality.

So essentially, unless you are an eccentric and uncommonly forward person, your Patronus will reflect the part of you that you keep hidden within: the part that can lend the strength needed to cast such a powerful and personal spell. And I can tell you, the Beagle was the furthest animal from my mind when I was taking this test (I guess it really is an “unknown” aspect of my personality, huh?). But after doing a little research, I determined the Beagle is actually quite perfect. Here are a couple of things I learned about Beagles and what that might mean for me and my Patronus:

  1. Beagles are pack animals and are excellent with children- they are also prone to separation anxiety.
  2. They aren’t too demanding when it comes to exercise, and they also don’t tire easily.
  3. Beagles were often seen as a status symbol in paintings before their rise in popularity in modern day USA (more popular in the US than in England where they were first bred).
  4. Beagles were primarily developed for hunting hare, and are actually now one of the most popular breeds for therapy dogs due to their unassuming and calming nature.
  5. Some common traits associated with beagles: intelligent, determined, emotionally stable, friendly, tolerable, enthusiastic.

I hope I can attribute most of these traits to myself, as well! I think the MOST hidden part of my personality in this regard would be the “pack animal” idea. I am an introvert through-and-through, but after very long periods of separation from the ones I love, I become clingy and desperate for socialization. So maybe it just takes me a while to get to that point!


That being said, I think JK knows what she’s doing. Because at the very beginning of the test, it tells you to think of your happiest memory. And mine was one in which I was surrounded by the people I love the most, celebrating a huge and unexpected accomplishment of mine. They are the pillars in your life, and I guess my inner Beagle knows that 😊

I can’t wait to hear what you guys get for your Patronus! Please send me a screenshot or leave a comment of what animal you get 🦄 Or even on twitter, send me a pic so I can see!

And if anyone gets a hare, I think we have to be best friends.

You guys rock, until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

Café Review: The Book Bar, Portsmouth, NH

You know that feeling where you’re just sitting there, at work or at home just minding your own business, and out of nowhere this pressure pushes on the back on your skull and your neck and makes your heart shudder into overtime? That feeling that something is wrong, and your gut is writhing with indecision and doubt. That same, strange, sensation has been plaguing me for days and is turning my everyday life into a bit of a thriller. I don’t know what it is- anxiety? A sense of foreboding? All I can say is that something’s a bit off in the big, wide world out there… and before it rears its ugly head, I’ll be burying myself in books.


This may be a theme of mine, but whenever I feel like something is askew in this world, I always strive to find a new sanctuary. Whether this is a new place to write, a new bookstore to haunt, or even a new spot to sit in the sun while I read, I just need a new vibe to saturate my brain while I try to distract myself with fantasy worlds.

I did a little road trip recently and found my way out to Portsmouth, NH, where this one bookstore still sits- I drove past it every week for two years when I worked on the coast, and I never had the time or energy to actually stop and enjoy the establishment, even though my eyes were drawn to it like little magnets each time I passed by.

The Book Bar.

I was expecting a hopping bar, something filled with young twenty-somethings socializing and laughing and eating off their food-filled plates. But what I walked in to instead was essentially a library with a centralized stretch of wall converted into a café. With a bunch of beer taps.


Despite my expectations, my nerves relaxed as soon as I walked in and I saw fluffy couches, worn book bindings, and smelled the strong bite of coffee. It was around noon when I got there, and there were people eating their gorgeous lunches with a craft brew, but there were also people sitting at the tables reading one of the many used books that the store offers with a pastry and cup of tea in hand.


I let myself sink into the comfort of the place, ordered a cup of tea called Be Joyful (supplied by a local tea artisan store), and picked up a slightly battered copy of Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. My mind got to wander, my body got to relax, and slowly that feeling of nervous anticipation lessened.

What is it about these moods that draw us to the one place that can heal us?


The atmosphere was perfect, the music was lovely (it was a bit hipster-y, but really, what can you expect with a used bookstore/bar/café?), and the book choice was rejuvenating. There’s something special about finding gems on the shelf that you can’t find in the big book sellers nowadays… it kind of reminds me of when I was a kid and book recommendations didn’t really exist (my friends weren’t big readers). It was all up to my intuition and hunting skills to find my next heart-warmer.


The Book Bar is a thriving, book-lovers dream. I think anyone, whether you’re looking for a place for good food and drinks or to find that strange title you don’t think anyone will carry, would love it.

If you give it a shot, let me know 🙂

T5W: Authors You’re Waiting on Another Book From

This T5W post has me fangirling like nothing else. There are too many authors that I love that have books either coming out (Libba Bray, Garth Nix) or who are just SITTING there writing without telling us ANYTHING!

I can respect them and that’s fine lol but the anticipation is killing me. I’ve even pestered some of these artists on Twitter and have yet to get a reply… maybe my persistence is getting to be a little too much. I mean… I can barely finish the first draft of the story I’m writing now. I should give them some slack, right?


Here are five authors who I REALLY want to release a new book soon but haven’t announced anything (but who are we kidding… they have to have a new book coming out soon… right? Right???)

  1. Jonathan Stroud (sob)
  2. Joe Hill (I know he writes graphic novels, too, I am just listing him here for novel purposes)
  3. JK Rowling (literally no info on the Cormoran Strike series…)
  4. Scott Hawkins (I’ve bothered him enough… he says he’s working on a story now but it’s still in the infant stages of production)
  5. Philip Pullman (pie in the skyyyy)

 

So, most of these amazing authors actually will publish something at some point but daaaaang does my heart break every time I see Jonathan Stroud’s books on my shelves. He is a phenomenal, groundbreaking author and I don’t think he’ll make any books soon that aren’t children’s books. Philip Pullman is along the same lines- they both keep releasing new editions of their successful books instead of actually coming out with something new and it destroys a part of my soul each time.


I just wish SO HARD that these guys would come out with new books because I haven’t read anything by them I haven’t liked. What about you guys? Have you any authors that you adore and are waiting oh-so (im)patiently for? We’re such good fans J Just rooting them on lol

Let me know what you guys think, I’d love to hear about some new authors that I can pine for.

T5W is brought to you from Sam and Lainey at the T5W Goodreads page!

Until next time!

Live,
Morgan Paige

August To-Be-Read! 

Happy August, everyone!

It’s been nothing but rainy and gloomy for the past three days so I’m been cramming so much reading and writing in. And yoga. Because, if I have found any sort of physical exercise that actually agrees with my anti-athletic muscles, it’s yoga. It’s honestly insane how much yoga has helped me- not only do I feel like I’m in the “writing zone” more than I usually am, but I also am getting almost complete movement back in the foot I got frostbite in last year (really stupid story… always take care of yourself first, kids, never put work before your own well-being) and I’m also losing some of the killer knots I have in my shoulders. I know people carry their stress in different places- their back, their gut, their skull. I carry mine in my shoulders and genuinely look like a Green Bay Packer with traps of glory when I get stressed.

So, if you guys have any yoga youtuber suggestions (my favorite is Yoga With Tim ❤ ) or best yoga mats to buy, please let me know! I’ve been borrowing mine so far and think it’s time to finally get my own!


Anywhoooo

I have some amazing books lined up to read so far and a few of them are eBooks. Most of these books are actually suggestions from friends and readers on this blog! I can’t say how happy I am to connect with you guys and share a taste in books. Let me know if you all have read these books or are interested in hearing more about them. Because not only do I like to review debut and self-published books here, but I also love to read a huge variety of other novels and these TBR’s are where I get to show you guys what else I’m reading (and on Goodreads, of course). So, if there’s anything you’d prefer to see reviewed in this little mash up, let me know!

  1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  2. The Night Clock by Paul Meloy
  3. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling


And… by the time this post goes up, I may have already read The Cursed Child… I couldn’t put the book down! It was just like old times when I waited for each new release and then devoured it in a day. I couldn’t help myself- but now we can talk about it! What did you think? (With minimal spoilers so those who weren’t lucky enough to get the book right away can still enjoy it). Who was your favorite character? How did it make you feel? Were you satisfied and excited? Do you just want to go see the play now? Will you get the Definitive Edition that comes out in 2017?

Aaaand there’s all the fangirling lol thanks for reading guys, I can’t wait to hear what you all will be reading this month, too 😊

Until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

New Self-Published eBooks: July 31- August 6

Hey, everyone!

Happy Harry Potter book release day! (And Happy Birthday, Harry!)

I went with a friend to Barnes and Noble and snatched up my copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child today and haven’t really come up for air since I got it. I’m on the final act and am trying to take a moment to breath and eat dinner lol

How about you guys? Have you been lucky enough to have time to get the book today? I feel like a kid again- just reading through the book in a single sitting while it rains and pours outside and the house is quiet with naps and the sound of the Harry Potter movie marathon in the background (I mean… it’s only fitting lol). Jay is under the weather, poor guy, so I’ve gotten him some medicine and he’s just sleeping the day away with the little kitties.

And good news, too, on the furball front! They’re basically inseparable now and I’ve even caught Mr. Meow cleaning Taco multiple times over the past two days. We have little cat trees that they like to sit on next to each other and watch the squirrels outside- it’s an amazing change from what it was a month and a half ago. We finally feel comfortable keeping them out all day together, but we still separate them while we are off at work or out of the house. They tend to get into tussles… Meow doesn’t know how to play yet lol

Well… I must admit… I really want to get back to reading The Cursed Child, so I am going to end this post a little bit short 🙂 I have an awesome TBR post coming up for you guys on Tuesday- I can’t wait to show you guys what books I have in store for August. I’ve gotten some fantastic suggestions that I want to review for you guys and genuinely can’t wait to get to reading them!

Here’s this week’s upcoming publications! Read on, my happy HP friends 🙂 Let me know how far you are in the book! Or do you plan on getting it? The whole screenplay format is a bit uncommon and I’m curious if you guys like the idea/like how it reads/have read any screenplays before.

Talk to you all soon!!!

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Wizards Quest Tales by D Glenn Casey available July 31, 2016

The Kamiri Born: Chronicles of Mehlis (#2) by DL Kramer available July 31, 2016

Mountain of Lies by Raquel Lyon available July 31, 2016

Lion Tamer by Lashell Collins available July 31, 2016

Soleil (#3) by Jacqueline Garlick available July 31, 2016

The Angel of Death by Elicia Hyder available July 31, 2016

Under the Weeping Tree by TN Davis available August 1, 2016

Heroes of Terisca (#2) by Natalie Miles available August 1, 2016

An Inconsequential Life (#2) by Ryan TA Campbell available August 1, 2016

Abnormal by EB Rockwell available August 1, 2016

Before (#2) by Samantha Gregory available August 1, 2016

The Book of Ominiue: Starborn by DM Barnham available August 1, 2016

Caught in the Ripples by S McPherson available August 1, 2016

Ciro Saga, Book One: Hunted by Kevin H Woodside available August 1, 2016

Daughter of the Red Planet by Kim Iverson available August 1, 2016

Disinhibition (#2) by MJ Carlson available August 1, 2016

Dre’s Legend (#3) by Wanda Corsaro available August 1, 2016

Blood Fire by NE Riggs available August 1, 2016

Broken by Josephine Templeton available August 1, 2016

The Broken God by Sabrina Flynn available August 1, 2016

Liberty by Alasdair Shaw available August 1, 2016

Worlds on Fire by Edward Punales available August 2, 2016

The Vanished World (#2) by Mark Knight available August 2, 2016

Midnight Sky (#2) by Amy Braun available August 2, 2016

Support Your Local Mosnter Hunter by Dennis Liggio available August 2, 2016

Outcast Journeys by Tracy Falbe available August 2, 2016

Claimed Undead by Lee Ayala available August 2, 2016

The Well Below the Valley by Katherine Lampe available August 2, 2016

The 24 Hourlies by Gaja J Kos available August 2, 2016

Torven by AJ Maguire available August 2, 2016

Beyond the Divide by SJ Callahan available August 2, 2016

Project Umschreiben: A Sparrow in Time by Wally Young available August 3, 2016

Marcii by Ross Turner available August 3, 2016

Two Percent Power: Delivering Justice by Brian Manning available August 3, 2016

Escalation (#2) by Olivia Rising available August 3, 2016

Cerulean Rust (#2) by William Jackson available August 3, 2016

Spirelli Paranormal Investigations by Kate Baray available August 3, 2016

Raindropt 2: No Place Like Gnome by Deena Byrne available August 4, 2016

Castaways of the Lost Star by C Litka available August 4, 2016

Deicide by Kathryn Andrews available August 5, 2016

Abominable by Alan Nayes available August 5, 2016

Allister’s Calling by Addison Sherell available August 5, 2016

Dead Highways: Regrets (#4) by Richard Brown available August 5, 2016

The Path of Peace by Mike Shelton available August 5, 2016

The Long Cold Ride by Jesse Gray available August 6, 2016

A God in Humaita by Joel Puga available August 6, 2016

The Harvest Moon by David Neth available August 6, 2016

The Ballerina’s Gift by Rachelle MN Shaw available August 6, 2016

 

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The Broken God by Sabrina Flynn available August 1, 2016

Sorceress of Atlanti by Philip Blood available August 1, 2016

Daughter of the Red Planet by Kim Iverson available August 1, 2016

Broken by Josephine Templeton available August 1, 2016

The 24 Hourlies by Gaja J Kos available August 2, 2016

I, Human (#5) by Vito Veii available August 2, 2016

Worlds on Fire by Edward Punales available August 2, 2016

Outcast Journeys by Tracy Falbe available August 2, 2016

Pirates by Paul Kater available August 2, 2016

The Well Below the Valley by Katherine Lampe available August 2, 2016

Spirelli Paranormal Investigations (#5) by Kate Baray available August 3, 2016

Dark Consort by Jay Erickson available August 3, 2016

To Earth and Back by William Boardman available August 4, 2016

Abominable by Alan Nayes available August 4, 2016

The First Soul by WJ Cherf available August 5, 2016

Collapsing Worlds by ML Steele available August 5, 2016

A God in Humaita by Joel Puga available August 6, 2016

 

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Daughter of the Red Planet by Kim Iverson available August 1, 2016

Broken by Josephine Templeton available August 1, 2016

Worlds on Fire by Edward Punales available August 2, 2016

I, Human (#5) by Vito Veii available August 2, 2016

The Well Below the Valley by Katherine Lampe available August 2, 2016

The 24 Hourlies by Gaja J Kos available August 2, 2016

Outcast Journeys by Tracy Falbe available August 2, 2016

Pirates by Paul Kater available August 2, 2016

Spirelli Paranormal Investigations (#5) by Kate Baray available August 3, 2016

T5W: Unlikeable Characters

“How to Make Friends and Alienate People”

Oh wait… that’s not this week’s topic…

But I definitely think that’s what this week’s topic is going to do lol

People get possessive about their favorite and most hated characters. It becomes like a “love to hate” scenario in which it consumes you when you find a character that you just loathe. It’s even more fun when the character wasn’t written to be unlikeable, they just kinda are. You find that anti-personality that just speaks to you on some level and you immediately dislike them.

At least, that’s how I feel 😉

The following five characters were written as honest representations of a protagonist and weren’t written to make the audience dislike them… I honestly feel like some authors don’t expect their audiences to hate these characters so much, but just kind of go with it in a “that’s what I meant to do” kind of way.

Anyway, here are the top 5 characters that I find are the most unintentionally unlikeable characters in fantasy/fiction.

  1. Kvothe from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  2. Quintin from The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  3. Jake from The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
  4. Tally from Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  5. Eragon from Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Now. I really hope we can stay friends.

Listing these characters isn’t a reflection of what I think of the book (though to be honest I dislike more than half of these books as it is), but just that I truly think that the characters weren’t written well, were weak characters, or were author wish fulfillment. Kvothe and Quintin are THE TWO most detested characters I’ve ever read and I can’t stand them. But that’s not being said that I haven’t finished their respective series- I like to know what I’m talking about when I say I dislike something.

Jake and Tally were just weak and unlikeable because of their character traits. Even in the later books, Tally has no personal contribution to anything- she just does what she has to do and is a miserable sack of anger the whole time she’s doing it. She really made the series more annoying than it already was (I love you Scott Westerfeld, but not this series). And Jake was redeemable by the end of this piece of horror/fiction, but he really really annoyed me. He was just genuinely a shitty person/partner/husband for the most part.

And Eragon… oh goodness… even before the poor movie came out I couldn’t stand his holier-than-thou attitude after the Elven transformation. In the fourth book he kind of realizes his faults, but he doesn’t do anything active to change it… I genuinely liked the rest of the characters more than I liked him. Even Saphira…

Ugh.

I just spent too much time focusing on “people” that I despise.

You know that feeling you get when you dwell on the bad things and toxic people in your life? I’m sitting in that pool of sallow sentiments and desperately need a pick-me-up. I’m going to go grab some chocolate and read Harry Potter.

Check out the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group Page if you feel like checking out the awesome group of bloggers and booktubers who participate!

Until next time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

New Self-Published eBooks: July 24-30

Hey friends!

I have a confession to make. I’m a huge horror fan, and I’ve never, until today, seen The Blair Witch Project

I am a huge fan of modern, classic, trashy, humorous, speculative, myth-based horror and haven’t even thought of this movie until my bf brought it up. I can’t BELIEVE what I was missing!

It was a total 90s throwback, and after growing up in Massachusetts in the middle of nowhere I couldn’t help but wish I had seen this when I was a teen. Instead of fan girling, I would have been scared out of my pants.

I’m on a total wilderness horror kick, too, which can be seen in the books I’m reading, stories I’m writing, and movies (apparently) I’m watching. I’ve been looking up a ton of localized mythology, too, like Scandinavian forest ghasts. Do you guys find this kind of genre scary? I know some people think it’s slow, but that’s the kind of terror that really appeals to your instincts 🌳🌔

There aren’t that many horror novels on this weeks list of new releases, but there are some good debut novels that have recently come out in-store. Let me know if you’re interested in hearing about the ones I’ve found!

Here we go 😊

Rise of the Dreamer by (#3) by L Higgins available July 24, 2016

Queen of Magic by Haley Nicole available July 25, 2016 

Betrayal Society Lost (#2) by Steven Bird available July 25, 2016

Red: The Untold Story by Angela M Hudson available July 25, 2016

A Faded Star by Michael Freeport available July 25, 2016

Allazar’s The Coursers: Daughter of the Flood by Chrishaun Keller-Hanna available July 25, 2016

The Salvager by Allen Donnelly available July 25, 2016

Kalla’s Symphony by Amber Morant available July 26, 2016

The Lunar Conspiracy by Albert C Kromer available July 26, 2016

Thunder Road by Sierra Dean available July 26, 2016

Nightingale Girl by MR Pritchard available July 26, 2016

Marking Territory (#2) by Daniel Potter available July 26, 2016

The Copernicus Deception (#15) by TR Harris available July 26, 2016

Innisgarbh by Rauri McCallion available July 27, 2016

Dragons Found by M Kay Lee available July 27, 2016 

Nyssa Glass and the Cutpurse Kid by HL Burke available July 27, 2016

Migration by Daniel David available July 28, 2016

Revolution in Time (#10) by Monique Martin available July 28, 2016

Zardoc: Castaway Island (#2) by Paco Jones available July 29, 2016

Maythorn’s Wish by Emily Larkin available July 29, 2016

Earth and Lunar Dreaming by CM Simpson available July 29, 2016

Planetfall by JA Sutherland available July 29, 2016

Stefan by Jocelynn Drake available July 29, 2016

Firefly of Immortality by Kasey Hill available July 29, 2016 

The Augmented (#5) by Peter James West available July 29, 2016

Dangerous Metal by Mariah Avix available July 29, 2016

Chosen by A Bernette available July 29, 2016

Sworn to War (#9) by Terah Edun available July 29, 2016

The Vorkian by Nirina Stone available July 30, 2016

Passage to Glory by JR Lawrence available July 30, 2016

Before I Shatter by Mandy Peterson available July 30, 2016

Wonderland by Emory R Frie available July 30, 2016

Warcaster by JC Staudt available July 30, 2016

Stormblaze by Kat Bonham available July 30, 2016

Insurrection (#3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin available July 30, 2016

Songs of the Osirian by Christopher D Abbott available July 30, 2016

Sorceress Rising (#2) by Lisa Blackwood available July 30, 2016

Hell or High Water (#3) by Hailey Edwards available July 30, 2016

The Randolph Family Saga (#3) by Patricia Leslie available July 27, 2016

Metafictional Metaphysics by Sandipan Datta available July 28, 2016

Death Blinks (#8) by Tamara Rose Blodgett available July 28, 2016

The Enemy you Know by Cate Dean available July 28, 2016

Gates to the Realm (#2) by Junko An available July 29, 2016

Zardoc: Castaway Island (#2) by Paco Jones available July 29, 2016

Earth and Lunar Dreaming by CM Simpson available July 29, 2016

The Augmented (#5) by Peter James West available July 29, 2016

Dangerous Metal by Mariah Avix available July 29, 2016

Warcaster by JC Staudt available July 30, 2016 

Insurrection (#3) by Arshad Ahsanuddin available July 30, 2016 

 

Earth and Lunar Dreaming by CM Simpson available July 29, 2016

The Augmented by Peter James West available July 29, 2016

Gates to the Realms: The Traveller by Junko An available July 29, 2016

Insurrection by Arshad Ahsanuddin available July 30, 2016

 

T5W: Most Recent Addition to Your Wishlist

Isn’t it true that every self-respecting reader has a HUGE wishlist going? I feel like every week I update my Goodreads to-be-read list to include new books friends and peers are suggesting… and, try as I might, I can’t read as fast as I collect.

This week’s T5W is just a nice, simple, straight-forward list of ONLY FIVE BOOKS on my wishlist. Agh 😀 Good thing Sam and Lainey specified it’s the most recent additions because dang I’d have a hard time listing out some gems for you guys lol

Here’s the most recent books I’ve added to my list that I can’t wait to see in my library!


1. The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

This book came out at the very end of June and is written by the Managing Editor at Titan Books. Yeah. She’s got some impressive credentials and this is her debut novel! It seems creepy and intelligent and dark… UGH it just seems perfect for my tastes. This novel was also suggested to me by Scott Hawkins when I bothered the shit out of him on Twitter for causing a horrible book hangover with The Library at Mount Char. So, I’m hoping his recommendations are just as on par as his books!


2. Goldenhand by Garth Nix

I’m a fangirl. I can’t help it.

But seriously, I buy all of Nix’s books because I genuinely know I will love everything he writes, and this is the next installment in his mind-blowing Abhorsen series. So I can’t wait to get this on my shelf 😀


3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

So, of course need the new HP installation… what kind of wiz kid would I be if I didn’t creepily follow her every book publication?

I ordered the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay, but this book I actually have to go out and order still. It’s supposed to come out on Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31st for you No-Maj’s).

OOO speaking of which, have you guys done the Ilvermorny sorting test on Pottermore.com yet? I may make a post or something because I have an odd sort of kinship with this school- I grew up right down the street from Mount Greylock (the beautiful mountain that Ilvermorny was built on) and my brother still lives there. It’s a ebautiful place and I believe it’s the most perfect site for a magic school in America!


4. The Diviners #3 by Libba Bray

You’re right, this isn’t the real title, but I have no other information for you D:

I’ve been oh-so (im)patiently awaiting this release and also have taken to bothering poor Ms. Bray on social media. Just telling her how much I adore her books, of course… it’s done out of admiration, I swear.

But I seriously can’t wait to plop this next book on my book shelf and my bedside table and my desk and my desk at work and my dining room table… basically her books don’t leave my side.

This one was added more recently because she just started putting out more info on her social media. I JUST CAN’T WAIT!


5. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Woah, where did this come from?

Heh. Well, I just recently read The Virgin Suicides by Eugenides and though it wasn’t my favorite, it still read well and made me curious about his multiple-award winning novel, Middlesex. I have yet to pick it up, but it’s definitely on the list for next time I hit up the bookstore.

Have any of you guys read any of these or any of the books in their series’? I’d love to hear what you guys think about any of them- do you think The Cursed Child is going to be worthwhile? Is Middlesex as thought-provoking as all the reviews say it is? Please let me know what you guys think!

Until Next Time!

Live,

Morgan Paige

New Self-Published eBooks: June 19-25

Well, here’s some exciting news! 

I’ve met so many new self-published authors thanks to a meet and greet that Nikki at A Kinder Way has put on. I absolutely loved getting to meet new people and I love the sense of community that we all have here. Please, any new fantasy authors, let me know when you come out with your books because I’d love to feature them!

Here’s this weeks new pubs 🙂 I hope you guys find something interesting you’d like to read!

The Blackstar Gambit by Jan Domagala available June 19, 2016

How to Catch a Writer’s Ghost by Russ Viola available June 20, 2016

Ashes of the Stars by Elizabeth Van Zandt available June 20, 2016

#1,2 3 of the Luna Cycle series by Devon Gidley available June 21, 2016

The Duke’s Daughter: Wyld Magic Prequel by Kristen S Walker available June 21, 2016

The Sentient (#3 in the Unity series) by SM Lynch

The Keeper of Dragons: The Prince Returns by JA Culican available June 21, 2016

Crossroads (#3 in the Guardians series) by Wendy Saunders 

Moonchild by Kate L Mary available June 21, 2016

Eve by Patti Larsen available June 21, 2016

The Jennifer Project by Larry Enright available June 21, 2016

Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger available June 21, 2016

The Water Road by JD Byrne available June 22, 2016

Open Mind by Zoltan Posfai available June 22, 2016

Eternity’s Invitation (#2 in the Ghostly Travels series) by Natasja Rose available June 22, 2016

Martial Lawless (#3 in the Calm Act series) by Ginger Booth available June 22, 2016

Ren of Atikala: The Empire of Dust (#3 in the Kobolds series) by David Adams available June 22, 2016

The New World (#7 in the After the Event series) by TA Williams available June 22, 2016 

Lost Lamb by Daniel Kamarudin available June 23, 2016

A Bright Particular Star by Hilary Green available June 23, 2016

Soul of Darkness (#2 in the Souls series) by Vanessa Black available June 23, 2016

Idiom by Terry Schott available June 23, 2016

Blood Debt (#2 in the Blood Sisters series) by Jill Cooper available June 23, 2016 

The Unhallowed (#5 in the Witch Hunter saga) by Nicole R Taylor available June 23, 2016

Woven Peril (#2 in the Aylosian Chronicles) by Jeffrey Collyer available June 24, 2016

Wet Ducks (#5 in the Endurance series) by Amy Spahn available June 24, 2016

Under a Hunter’s Moon by Timothy Bateson available June 24, 2016

The Mandate of Heaven by Mike Smith available June 24, 2016 

Optimal Outcome by JW Bouchard available June 24, 2016

The Last God of Earth by AJ Vanderpoel available June 25, 2016

Sworn to Sovereignty (#8 in the Courtlight series) by Terah Edun available June 25, 2016

 

Twisted Magics by JD Jackson available June 21, 2016

The Cloven Land by Simon Kewin available June 21, 2016

Death of Civilization by Nathan Hale available June 21, 2016

The Empire of Dust by David Adams available June 22, 2016

Nanite Storm by CF Villian available June 23, 2016

 

 

Shadowlander by Randal McDonald available June 21, 2016

Moonchild by Kate L available June 21, 2016

Fortunes Deadly Gaze by Jeanette Raleigh available June 23, 2016

The Mandate of Heaven by Mike Smith available June 24, 2016