Friday, July 19, 2019

Spot Light Post: Malaki Mayhem by Ashley Craig









"A proclamation; mass banishment; a royal impostor...
When she awakes alone with no memories in a magic-filled realm, Ela never expects the chaos to come. She finds that she must stop the banishment and imprisonment of all non-fairies, expose a royal impostor, and reunite a kingdom...challenging enough tasks, anyway, made even more difficult by her missing memories and lack of magical abilities. The kingdom's fate rests in Ela's hands...can this blue-haired woman and her companions meet the challenge?
Experience a wide variety of magical, mythical creatures in this unique fantasy realm!
Contains strong language and PG-13 situations."


Malaki Mayhem is a fantasy adventure romance set in a magical realm filled with traditional mythical and legendary creatures, including fairies, sylphs, nymphs, shifters, and more. There are also a few creatures of Ashley's own creation (such as Malaki, of course), and she re-envisioned a few traditional ones.

Ashley grew up roaming the forests of the Appalachian Mountains so the idea for the story blossomed from her over-active imagination and hours spent in the forest as a kid wondering about all the magical "what-ifs..." She has always had a fascination with magic and mystical creatures. For this story, she started thinking "what if one race of creatures wanted to take over the world? How would they do it? Why would they do it?" and then the story grew from there. She even delves into her own spin-off of how the world was created.

Ashley wrote most of this book while listening to her favorite band, Panic! at the Disco; their "Death of a Bachelor" album released around the time Ashley started writing this book so that album stayed on repeat for much of the drafting process. When she thinks back on the writing process, "House of Memories" sings the loudest to her.

Check out Malaki Mayhem on Amazon (in Kindle or paperback format) to find out who the royal impostor is and what motivates them!


You can also visit her website and blog at http://www.ashleycraigauthor.com/


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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday- Child Hood Unfavorites





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Where we showcase ten books within a theme. This week was Childhood Favorites. I feel I've done this more than once. So this week my personal spin are childhood favorites that everyone loved and I didn't or that I just never got around to reading.



Children's Favorites I didn't like




Caveat: Loved the original Disney Movie


Childhood Favorites I just never got around to reading or had no interest in













Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Blood Born OUT JULY 16th-


Blood Born

Embrace the darkness in this gender bent Dracula retelling


Hey fellow bloggers and book reviewers! Blood Born comes out really soon and I will be sending out ARC copies as soon as I can. If anyone would like to request an ARC copy to review- please comment here! 

This will also be on Netgalley in August. 

Here is the cover and back cover blurb in case you are interested!!!!







Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years (one book for each year)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
This week is Top Ten Books Released in the Last Ten Years- one book per year. For my twist- I not only picked a book I loved from each year- it had to be a book released that same year. So from 2009-2019 

THIS WAS REALLY HARD. 

2009

2010


                  2011                     

2012


2013


2014


2015


2016


2017


2018


2019 (So far)








Tuesday, May 7, 2019

TOP TEN TUESDAY- Top Ten Characters that remind me of....ME



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
This week it is the top ten characters that remind you of yourself.
I have gone with ANY fictional character. 


The vampire Lestat


The Brides of Dracula



Blue the Velociraptor 


John Taylor from the Nightside



Princess Cimorene

                                                           Crowley King of Hell


                                                      Lorelai Gilmore


                                                    Morticia Adams



                                                        Pru Halliwell


                                                     Regina Mills










Belly Up by Eva Darrows aka Hillary Monahan





There’s a first time for everything.
First time playing quarters.

First time spinning the bottle.
First totally hot consensual truck hookup with a superhot boy whose digits I forgot to get.

First time getting pregnant.
Surprised you with that one, didn’t I?
Surprised me, too. I’d planned to spend senior year with my bestie-slash-wifey, Devi Abrams, graduating at the top of my class and getting into an Ivy League college. Instead, Mom and I are moving in with my battle-ax of a grandmother and I’m about to start a new school and a whole new life.
Know what’s more fun than being the new girl for your senior year? Being the pregnant new girl. It isn’t awesome. There is one upside, though—a boy named Leaf Leon. He’s cute, an amazing cook and he’s flirting me up, hard-core. Too bad I’m knocked up with a stranger’s baby. I should probably mention that to him at some point.
But how?
It seems I’ve got a lot more firsts to go




I really enjoyed this novel. When the reviews I read mentioned it had a Gilmore Girls Meets Juno feel, I knew I had to read it.

So I am going to get my one negative thing out here first. I was pregnant at 20, not as young as this protagonist, but young enough not to know what the fuck I was doing. I kept my daughter and would never change that decision. But my life has been hard. I had friends who got pregnant younger than me whose lives were difficult.Not bad, just hard.  I did not feel like this book talked enough about the fact that Sara's privilege of living with a family who supports her, friends that won't abandon her, being able to finish school, keep her baby and get a hot boyfriend are exceptions to the rule. While teen pregnancy can be a positive experience and I like that this novel highlights that- in general, it is not. I wish the author had made Sara a little more aware of the fact she is blessed and lucky.

Now, with that being said. This book got me. Every time the MC spoke it was if teen me were cheering. In fact, adult me cheered too. Because I still sound just like that, if my slang is a little outdated. Sara's relationship with her mother is totally me and my 15-year-old. We are just like this, this same style of banter and teasing each other, love fueled by jokes and sarcasm. (Though my kid and I swear a lot more.) My mom and I are also very similar to Sara and her Mom, put the three of us in a room and you will walk away shaking your head.

I love how Sara is a bisexual fat girl and not once did the story shame her for her eating habits. I've been pregnant four times, the hunger is real. I enjoyed all the talking about food and the reality that sometimes the cheeseburger is what you need to stuff your face with. This novel is real about how pregnancy feels, tired all the time, horny, hungry, hairy, emotional. The author did not sugar coat it.

The inserts of Romani culture, from new boyfriend Leaf, was amazing and if you liked this aspect of the book you should read her novel The Hollow Girl. Sara's boyfriend Leaf is a wonderful (if a tad unrealistic) boy that if I were a teen would be swoon-worthy.

Sara's friends are written beautifully and are very diverse. Speaking of diverse, I also wanted to touch on the fact Sara is half Hispanic and feels out of place in her own culture as she doesn't speak Spanish and her Swedish mother and grandmother (mormor - who is amazing!) raise her.

I am that girl. I am half Puerto Rican and don't speak Spanish and am constantly trying to figure out where I belong. It's hard when you want to connect to part of your heritage and don't know how. I (like many characters in this book) use food to do that. I cook meals my grandma taught me and look up Puerto Rican cuisine and food customs.

While I understand why the author brings back Jack- the baby daddy- I kind of wish she hadn't. It did bring in some ugly realism to the funny rom-com feel of the story.

This book was great, funny, quirky, full of fluffy feel-good nonsense with an underlying serious plot. I got a copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review and when I finished it I bought myself a copy to support the author. So go forth and read the funny fluff!










Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Till Sudden Death Do Us Part by Simon R Green


Although he hasn't seen Robert Bergin for 40 years, Ishmael feels duty bound to respond when his old friend calls for help. Robert's daughter Gillian is about to be married, and he is afraid she'll fall prey to the ancient family curse. Arriving in rural Yorkshire, Ishmael and his partner Penny learn that the vicar who was to perform the ceremony has been found dead in the church, hanging from his own bell rope. With no clues, no evidence and no known motive, many locals believe the curse is responsible. Or is someone just using it as a smokescreen for murder? With the wedding due to take place the following day, Ishmael has just a few hours to uncover the truth. But his investigations are hampered by sudden flashes of memory: memories of the time before he was human. What is it Ishmael's former self is trying to tell him ... ?


I received a copy of this novel in return for an honest review


Anyone who knows me will tell you I love Simon R Green. I don't read his Drood series or his intense Science Fiction, but I've read everything else.  And his new series about Ishmael Jones? It is great!

This series is primarily closed room murder mystery types, taking place in mansions, tiny towns, old inns, and archeological sites.

In the last book we found out what Ishmael really is and in this book he struggles with worrying about whether his old self will storm through his barriers and take over, erasing everything he likes about himself and destroying the woman he loves.

I adore this authors world building, all his words link together. Nightside, Drood, Ghost Finders. They all exist in the same world of weird underground organizations, hidden unseen places and spaces and the abnormal covered by a thin layer so us normal folks never discover it. If we do? We are covered up and cleaned up as efficiently as possible.

So please go and enjoy this creepy murder mystery, but I'd recommend reading it with the lights.....on.




Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Wilder Girls by Rory Power




It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

Trigger warnings direct from the author's website:
Wilder Girls contains graphic violence and body horror. It depicts on the page character death, parental death, and animal death, though the animals are not pets.
Wilder Girls contains behavior and descriptive language akin to self-harm, and references to such.
Wilder Girls contains a scene depicting chemical gassing.
Wilder Girls contains reference to suicide and suicidal ideation.


I received a copy from Net Galley in return for an honest review

Seriously people. I picked this book up yesterday and couldn't put it down.
This was a fast-paced, strange and delightful read. So different from anything else I've read in the last few years.

The characters are a bunch of tough, flawed, strong females trying to make the most of life after being stranded at a girl's school where everyone is sick, mutating and/or dying. They are put in horrible situations and just trying to make it out alive.

 It's labeled a queer horror and I love it so much more for this. The relationship in it is a delicious side note to the plot.

The descriptions of the "Tox" and how the women suffer, how the animals and landscape are affected are beautiful and disgusting.

The world building is intense and the emotions evoked are powerful, please pay attention to the trigger warnings.

The book ends, in a way that wasn't surprising but also left a lot of questions.

 The author never  100% explains the "Tox", how it came to be, why it's there or what it is for.  The author gives the reader just enough to form their own opinions.

This novel is a great YA to add to lists which include books like The Power.