The Soul of Power (The Waking Land: Book 3) by Callie Bates

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]

4 Stars

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Del Ray

Date of publication: June 4th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Series: The Waking Land

The Waking Land—Book 1 (review here)

The Memory of Fire—Book 2 (review here)

The Soul of Power—Book 3

Where you can find The Soul of Power: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | BookBub

Book synopsis:

One young woman learns the true nature of power–both her own and others’–in the riveting conclusion to The Waking Land Trilogy.

Sophy Dunbarron–the illegitimate daughter of a king who never was–has always felt like an impostor. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter, and unacknowledged by her father, Sophy desires only a place and a family to call her own. But fate has other ideas. Caught up in Elanna Valtai’s revolution, Sophy has become the reigning monarch of a once-divided country–a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill.

But as she quickly discovers, wearing a crown is quite a different thing from keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers.

When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy’s last ally seems to have vanished. Now it is up to her alone to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret–one that could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown forever.


My review:

I was excited when I saw that the final installment in The Waking Land series was available for review. I had reviewed the first two books and enjoyed them. I had high expectations for The Soul of Power. And guess what? It didn’t let me down.

I do want to give everyone a heads up about the timeline of the book. The Soul of Power starts after Jahan is sent to Paladis. Elanna’s capture and torture by the witch hunters are going on during the events of The Soul of Power. So keep that in mind while reading this book.


The Soul of Power is Sophy’s story. Crowned queen at the end of The Waking Land, Sophy desperately wants a united country. But, with a court that hates and questions her and a country that is at the point of imploding, it looks like that isn’t going to happen. On top of all that, Sophy has a secret. A secret that could cost her the throne.


I can’t even begin to express how excited I was when I got the ARC for The Soul of Power. I had been hoping that this book was going to be Sophy’s story. When I read the blurb and saw that it was Sophy’s story, I did a happy dance. I couldn’t wait to read this book.

The amount of stress that Sophy was under was insane. I know that I wouldn’t have been able to function under that amount of stress. Plus, not knowing who to trust. I would have said, “Here’s the throne, see ya” and left. But, she stayed and I admired her for that.

I enjoyed watching Sophy grow as a character in this book. She started unsure and resentful of Elanna’s popularity. She wanted to do the right thing but kept getting lousy advice from her council. But, as the book went on, she blossomed. She found her backbone. She overcame her insecurities about Elanna. By the end of the book, she became the queen she needed to be. I loved it.

The plotline regarding Sophy’s father was interesting. I was curious to see how it was going to play out. I wasn’t expecting it to go the way it did. I was shocked. I was also shocked at what Sophy did at the end of the book. I think she was too lenient. After what her father did to her and Rhia, I expected something more. But, thinking about it, what she did was a more fitting punishment.

The author didn’t hide Sophy’s secret. During the first chapter, it was mentioned a few times. How Teofila didn’t notice it when they were together was beyond me. But she did have other things on her mind.

The Soul of Power was also violent. I lost count of how many times Sophy was attacked. Along with the violence, there was also death. Some people deserved it. But there were some deaths that surprised me. And there was one death that broke my heart. I wasn’t expecting it.

The magic angle of the book was well written. I liked that people were starting to experience magic. I loved that the magic didn’t pick and choose who it wanted. I did feel that Sophy’s magical awakening was drawn out. It got to a point where I felt like saying “Just get it over with!!“.

Rape was brought up in the book. I thought that the author explained what happened to Sophy’s mother in a tactful way. She left just enough unsaid that I understood exactly what Mag went through.

The end of The Soul of Power kept me enthralled with the book. So much happened that I almost couldn’t keep it straight. But, it was the last chapter that closed the book for me. Loved it!!


I would give The Soul of Power an Adult rating. There is mention of sexual situations. There is violence. There is no language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread The Soul of Power. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review The Soul of Power.

All opinions stated in this review of The Soul of Power are mine.


Have you read The Soul of Power?

What are your thoughts?

Have you ever hidden something from someone?

Let me know!!

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Weekly Wrap Up: March 17th through March 23rd 2019

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Clicking on the pictures under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the pictures under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the pictures under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one under the picture).

Also, all links are Amazon Affiliate links. I get a small commission out of every purchase you make. I would love it if you clicked my link when buying!!


Books I’ve Read:

The Invited: A Novel by [McMahon, Jennifer]
The Night Window: A Jane Hawk Novel by [Koontz, Dean]
The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]
The Hemlock Girl by [Heckman, C. L.]

Books with pending reviews:

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]
Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love Book 2) by [Johnson, Melonie]

Books with published reviews:

The Hemlock Girl by [Heckman, C. L.]
review here
Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel by [Jamieson, Kelly]
review here
Inspection: A Novel by [Malerman, Josh]
review here

NetGalley Haul:

Twisted Family Values: A Novel by [Chickering, V.C.]
Sullivan's Promise: A Bitter Creek Novel by [Johnston, Joan]
Touch of Smoke by [Laurel, Karissa]
The Stories You Tell: A Mystery (Roxane Weary Book 3) by [Lepionka, Kristen]

Email Haul:

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Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!):

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Book Giveaway for Southern Sass and Killer Cravings—Goodreads

Book Giveaway for Teeth in the Mist—Goodreads

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: March 20th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: She’s sick again…sigh. Two nights of her up all night coughing. I took her to the Dr and her lungs are fine. She’s to take Flonase in the morning and a Benadryl at night. Limit her outdoor time when the pollen levels are high. Have I mentioned that I’m not fond of this time of year?

Miss B: She’s doing pretty good. She has cleared up her homework/classwork debacle. Her ELA teacher also called me and we talked about that. Now if I can get her to keep her room clean, everything will be good.

Mr. Z: He loved the field trip. I do think that the school could have scheduled the pick up time a little better. The kids came home when school was dismissed. It was a mess. I went a little early and got a good parking space. Other people, not so much.

Me: I did yard work last weekend. I bagged up at least 15 bags of leaves. BK and I also discussed how much mulch we were going to need for the front of the house. I also convinced BK to throw out several outdoor toys that Miss R didn’t use any more. I have also been spring cleaning around the house.

Reading/Reviews:

Reading: I have been struggling to read and finish books. I’m not worried about it, I always go through a slump in the spring and fall.

Review: My NetGalley shelf is slightly high. A few books that I requested before my self imposed NetGalley ban got approved. Plus, I have authors and publishers approaching me with widgets to their books. So yeah…lol.


What I am currently reading:

The Night Window: A Jane Hawk Novel by [Koontz, Dean]

Groundbreaking, wholly involving, eerily prescient and terrifyingly topical, Dean Koontz’s Jane Hawk series sets a new standard for contemporary thrillers. Since her sensational debut in The Silent Corner, readers have been riveted by Jane Hawk’s resolute quest to take down the influential architects of an accelerating operation to control every level of society via an army of mind-altered citizens. At first, only Jane stood against the “Arcadian” conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the “adjusted” people are beginning to spin viciously out of control. Now, in the thrilling, climactic showdown that will decide America’s future, Jane will require all her resources–and more–as she confronts those at the malevolent, impregnable center of power.

This book is a good as I thought it was going to be. If Miss R hadn’t been sick last night, I would have finished it in one sitting. The Night Window is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is May 14th, 2019


I recently finished reading:

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]

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One young woman learns the true nature of power–both her own and others’–in the riveting conclusion to The Waking Land Trilogy.

Sophy Dunbarron–the illegitimate daughter of a king who never was–has always felt like an impostor. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter, and unacknowledged by her father, Sophy desires only a place and a family to call her own. But fate has other ideas. Caught up in Elanna Valtai’s revolution, Sophy has become the reigning monarch of a once-divided country–a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill.

But as she quickly discovers, wearing a crown is quite a different thing from keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers.

When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy’s last ally seems to have vanished. Now it is up to her alone to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret–one that could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown forever.

This book was fantastic. What a fitting ending to a wonderful series. The Soul of Power is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is June 4th, 2019.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

The Invited: A Novel by [McMahon, Jennifer]

A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times best-selling author of THE WINTER PEOPLE, returns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house, they start building one from scratch, without knowing it, until it’s too late…

In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia and teaching jobs to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this charming property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. As Helen starts carefully sourcing decorative building materials for her home – wooden beams, mantles, historic bricks — she starts to unearth, and literally conjure, the tragic lives of Hattie’s descendants, three generations of “Breckenridge women,” each of whom died amidst suspicion, and who seem to still be seeking something precious and elusive in the present day.

I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds super creepy. The Invited is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is April 30th, 2019.

Trusting The Billionaire: A Marriage Of Convenience Romance (The Billionaire's Reluctant Bride Book 3) by [Savage, Cynthia]

A jaded divorcee and a lovelorn billionaire get a second chance at romance.

Audrey Wilson is convinced love is a pipedream, and she has the divorce decree to prove it. Not to mention a failing non-profit facility full of battered and abused women. When her best friend gets her heart broken by a guy who claims a dating coach taught him how to play women, Audrey is ready to confront this coach and make him pay. 

And she has a hunch he’s none other than brainy billionaire Asher Weston.

Asher has a bad case of unrequited love that goes all the way back to his high school days. When one of his clients blackmails him, forcing him to find a wife on a deadline, he’s ready to give up on living happily ever after with the woman of his dreams. 

Until she unexpectedly waltzes into his office.

A marriage of convenience gets him the wife he needs—and the woman he’s always loved. For Audrey, this platonic arrangement affords her non-profit some financial security while she secretly sets out to prove Asher is the mastermind behind her bestie’s heartache. 

Can Asher and Audrey overcome a jealous secretary, a dangerous ex, and their own insecurities to build a future together?

I was interested in the blurb. It was pretty good. But we’ll see. Trusting the Billionaire is currently available for purchase.

The Ash Family: A Novel by [Dektar, Molly]

The blurb got me interested in this book. I am hoping that it is as good as the blurb makes it out to be. The Ash Family is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is April 9th, 2019.

Love, Again by [Dover, L.P.]

Sometimes all you need is a second chance.

“L. P. Dover knows how to create the men who make us swoon, the book boyfriends we all want.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

Aubrey Reynolds is a small-town girl who’s made it big. A successful Hollywood director, Aubrey doesn’t have time to linger on what could have been. But when a routine blood test comes back with a false positive, she decides to take some time off to do the things she’s always wanted to do: taste the famous chocolate chip cookies at the Minnesota State Fair, hike the Grand Teton National Park, scuba dive in the Caribbean. But after Aubrey admits to herself what she’s really missing, she heads back home to Dusty Valley, Oklahoma . . . and the man she left behind.

Cole Haywood is a small-town fireman and that’s just fine with him. Sure, when the love of his life left their hometown to chase her dreams he was heartbroken and—he’ll admit—damn mad. But Cole would have never forgiven himself if he had held Aubrey back from success. So the last thing he expects after all these years is to walk into his favorite bar one night and find the girl he’s always loved—there—looking for him. Maybe now’s the time to make his dreams come true.

I am a huge L.P. Dover fan. So when I saw that this book was up for review, I jumped on it. Love, Again is currently on pre order. It’s expected publication date is April 9th, 2019.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THEM!!

WWW Wednesday: March 13th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: I registered her for kindergarten last week. Yes, kindergarten. I can’t believe that it is that time of year already. I am expecting to hear from her T-Ball coach within the next couple of weeks. Since she was in T-Ball last year, I was told that she will be on the same team. Kinda curious about who else will be enrolling (like kids in her class). She also got a dollhouse yesterday. One of the KidKraft ones that is taller than her. Took us about 3 hours to put together but it was worth it. She was thrilled.

Miss B: Happy to report that all is fine, finally, on her end. She has made up all of her ELA work and is rocking a B- in it. She has been spending less time in her cave (aka her bedroom) and spending more time in the living room.

Mr. Z: He was a mess this week. Why? His overnight field trip is this week (left yesterday, return today). It takes him a while to process change and he runs the gauntlet of emotions. So, his emotions were all over the place the end of last week, the weekend, and the beginning of this week. But, he’s having fun (wicked awesome was texted to us). I pick him up at school this afternoon and can’t wait to her about his experiences!!

Me: My cold is over with but then I had a Hashi’s flare. Which mimics a cold except that my fingers swell…sigh. I did get my couches on Friday and I love them. They are super comfy!! We hit up IKEA this weekend and picked up a couple of much needed items. Daylight Savings has kicked my butt. Don’t like it, wish I had my extra hour of sleep. But I do like that it is getting warmer out. We will be tilling the garden area this weekend, as well as doing some much needed yard work. The city has been doing pipework on the road that runs in back of my house (which is a main road). The water has been on/off brown (from the pipework). Which is wonderful when a white wash is thrown in and the water wasn’t checked before (BK!!!). It was like I hit the stain jackpot and I had to throw away several shirts/socks. Hopefully they’ll be done soon. It’s getting old.

Reading/Reviews:

Reading: I’m about where I want to be with reading. It did take me awhile to read one book over the weekend. But that was mainly due to us doing a ton of errands last weekend.

Review: I am a little behind writing reviews (see above). I am hoping to catch up between tomorrow and Friday. I have gotten through most of my author requests. Next on my to do list, get my NetGalley list down to an acceptable number again. I am still working on revamping my old blog posts. I am working on those at a snail’s pace. I stopped when I upgraded my blog. I needed to get the right theme and everything that goes with that.


What I am currently reading:

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]
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An international playboy finds true love in a sexy new standalone contemporary romance from Aliza Mann.

Ashton Lyle
 is a man in control. His rules are simple:
Discipline.
Hard work.
No deviation.
And lucky for him no one is able to resist his mega-watt smile, dazzling wit, sexy British accent, and ability to manipulate any situation in business . . . and in bed.
That is, until he meets a woman with rules of her own.

Terra Ellis is a self-made woman who knows what she wants.
A successful entrepreneur, she has worked hard to cultivate an impeccable image.
A tumultuous relationship with her ex-husband has reinforced her drive but it has also made her question serious relationships.
After all, a busy woman has no time for romance.
That is, until Terra meets a man who sees through her façade.

Ashton and Terra are about to discover that some rules were made to be broken. . . .

I have a bad habit of starting books right before I go to sleep. I am only a couple of chapters into Breaking His Rules and I can’t wait to read more. Breaking His Rules is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is April 2nd, 2019.


I recently finished reading:

Bethlehem: A Novel by [Kelly, Karen]
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With the writing chops of Ian McEwan and the story-craft of Lisa Wingate, Karen Kelly weaves a shattering debut about two intertwined families and the secrets that they buried during the gilded, glory days of Bethlehem, PA.

A young woman arrives at the grand ancestral home of her husband’s family, hoping to fortify her cracking marriage. But what she finds is not what she expected: tragedy haunts the hallways, whispering of heartache and a past she never knew existed.

Inspired by the true titans of the steel-boom era, Bethlehem is a story of temptation and regret, a story of secrets and the cost of keeping them, a story of forgiveness. It is the story of two complex women—thrown together in the name of family—who, in coming to understand each other, come finally to understand themselves.

The review for Bethlehem is going to be a hard one for me to write. I liked the dual storylines. I liked the time periods that they took place in. I liked most of the characters. But, there was that one character who I didn’t like. And there was a dropped storyline that made me scratch my head. Bethlehem is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is July 9th, 2019.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love Book 2) by [Johnson, Melonie]

DEFINITELY, MAYBE…OR LOVE, ACTUALLY? 

English professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie’s heart.

With his brilliant blue eyes, sexy accent, and irresistible charm, Theo Wharton is like a romantic hero straight out of a Jane Austen novel. When fate places Bonnie in England for a summer—conveniently close to Theo—she realizes a hot friends-with-benefits fling is exactly what she needs to start a fresh chapter. Just as Bonnie begins to believe she’s falling in love, an eye-opening revelation into Theo’s life makes Bonnie feel like she’s wandered into one of her favorite books. Will Bonnie have the courage to risk her heart and turn the page with the dashing Brit to find her true happy ending after all?

I am excited to be reading Smitten by the Brit. I had read Getting Hot with the Scot and enjoyed Bonnie and Theo’s interactions. So, when I saw that they got their own story, I needed to read it. Smitten by the Brit is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is May 28th, 2019.

The Soul of Power (The Waking Land Book 3) by [Bates, Callie]

One young woman learns the true nature of power–both her own and others’–in the riveting conclusion to The Waking Land Trilogy.

Sophy Dunbarron–the illegitimate daughter of a king who never was–has always felt like an impostor. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter, and unacknowledged by her father, Sophy desires only a place and a family to call her own. But fate has other ideas. Caught up in Elanna Valtai’s revolution, Sophy has become the reigning monarch of a once-divided country–a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill.

But as she quickly discovers, wearing a crown is quite a different thing from keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers.

When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy’s last ally seems to have vanished. Now it is up to her alone to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret–one that could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown forever.

Don’t miss any of Callie Bates’s magical Waking Land trilogy: 
THE WAKING LAND – THE MEMORY OF FIRE – THE SOUL OF POWER

Another book that I can’t wait to read. I have read the previous two books and loved them. Plus, Sophy is getting her story!! The Soul of Power is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is June 4th, 2019.

The Night Window: A Jane Hawk Novel by [Koontz, Dean]

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz brings Jane Hawk’s one-woman war to an explosive climax as the rogue FBI agent wages her final battle against a terrifying conspiracy–for vengeance, for justice, and for humanity’s freedom. 

Groundbreaking, wholly involving, eerily prescient and terrifyingly topical, Dean Koontz’s Jane Hawk series sets a new standard for contemporary thrillers. Since her sensational debut in The Silent Corner, readers have been riveted by Jane Hawk’s resolute quest to take down the influential architects of an accelerating operation to control every level of society via an army of mind-altered citizens. At first, only Jane stood against the “Arcadian” conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the “adjusted” people are beginning to spin viciously out of control. Now, in the thrilling, climactic showdown that will decide America’s future, Jane will require all her resources–and more–as she confronts those at the malevolent, impregnable center of power.

And another book that I am excited to read. I can’t wait to see how Jane’s story ends!! The Night Window is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is May 14th, 2019.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THEM!!

WWW Wednesday: February 13th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal

Miss R: She is finally doing great, health-wise. Then a huge bomb is dropped at her preschool. A couple of kids have the flu. Considering how easily she gets colds/lung infections, I have been Lysoling her room like crazy. But, she started coughing Monday night. So I’m hoping that it’s because of the crazy weather we have had lately and not because she’s coming down with something. I also found out that she was allergic to lions the other day. When she told me, she was dead serious. I am not sure how she knows she’s allergic to lions but I’ll take her at her word…lol.

Miss B: Oh where to start with Miss B. Remember the homework/classwork drama? Well, it got worse. Her science teacher updated PowerSchool over the weekend. She was missing 6 items. Guess what she spent Monday and Tuesday doing? Yup, she made up every single piece of work that she missed. She had a Dr’s appt on Monday and I brought it up to the Dr. The Dr talked to Miss B and stressed how important homework was. But she also said that kids with learning disabilities that are combined with ADHD have a harder time in middle school with remembering to turn work in. That high school will get better. What else came out of that Dr’s appointment? Miss B’s vitamin D levels were abnormally low. So, she has prescribed a super pill of vitamin D for 8 weeks. Which I have to pick up today.

Mr. Z: He has been surprisingly low key. We finished paying off his overnight class trip. Because he is doing so well in school, we got him a phone. BK ordered a SIM card from Mint Mobile. We installed it in my old Moto G, assigned him a phone number and bam, he has a phone now. Honestly, I think BK was more excited about the phone than Mr. Z was.

Me: I have discovered the wonderful world of podcasts. Right now, I am listening to The Vanished. But if there are any bookish ones out there, I would be thrilled to listen to them!!! I am in the middle of a Hashi’s flare and my whole body hurts :(. But, I’ll get over it and just chalk it up to me getting old. I also quit World of Warcraft. After 12 years of playing, I decided it was time to part ways. So what am I playing now? Final Fantasy 14. Amazon Prime and Twitch are running a special. If you download through Twitch, you get a month of Final Fantasy 14 free from Amazon. A whole flipping month. I couldn’t pass that up. I am enjoying it. It’s going to be $13.99 a month for a subscription and I think I might go for it. Of course, I will have to buy the expansion packages…lol. I want to full experience!!

Reading/Reviews:

I am right where I want to be review-wise. Reading-wise, I am behind. I blame it on the podcasts…lol. But, I am not missing publication dates or anything like that, so I’m good.

I am still plugging along at fixing my old blog posts. I haven’t spent much time on it since I downloaded Final Fantasy. I am hoping to knock off at least 5 today. Notice that I said, “hoping“. Not putting much faith in myself on actually doing that….lol.


What I am currently reading:

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The first in a wickedly seductive new Scottish historical romance series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch!

Marry or lose their estate; that’s the devil’s bargain he and his brothers must follow. But wild Highlander Niall MacTaggert’s stubborn oldest brother wants nothing to do with marrying the sophisticated, pinky-out Lady Amelia-Rose his mother has chosen for him, even to save their land. Niall’s only goal is to soften up the London socialite and show his brother the warm beauty behind the shiny, polished front. But what Niall doesn’t expect to find is the woman of his dreams…

I am a couple of chapters into this book. So far, I am liking it. I mean, what isn’t there to like? It’s a Regency romance with Scottish men in kilts. It’s Getting Scot in Here is currently on pre-order. It’s expected publication date is February 26th, 2019. I am part of the blog tour and my post will be going up February 27th, 2019.


I recently finished reading

The Winter of the Witch: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 3) by [Arden, Katherine]

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Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

Review here

I savored this book. It was a fitting end to a fantastic series. The Winter of the Witch is currently available for purchase. Click on the above link for my review.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

(These are going to be repeats from last week. I’m just going to post the pictures with the Amazon link)

The Woman in the Lake

Breaking His Rules

Breaking His Rules by [Mann, Aliza]

The Queen’s Opal

The Queen's Opal (Stone Bearers, #1)

The Night Window

The Soul of Power

Smitten by the Brit

Inspection

Inspection

Bethlehem

Bethlehem: A Novel

So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

WWW Wednesday: February 6th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal

Miss R is 100% better. I had to take her back to the Dr on Friday to get her lungs checked out. She passed with flying colors. She is back to her mischievous, sassy, 5-year-old self.

Miss B has started off the 2nd semester on the wrong foot. Again, she decided not to turn in anything in ELA. But, she also decided not to turn in a project on the French Revolution in for Social Studies. She has until the end of the week to turn everything in or she can’t try out for softball and she can’t go to the Valentine’s Day dance on the 15th. A bit harsh but I am at the end of my rope.

Mr. Z is his regular happy go lucky self. He is my bookworm out of the 3. His favorite series is the Warriors Series by Erin Hunter. He has all of the books (there are 4 series written in that world). He is slowly working on getting the manga books written by her as well as novellas. Then he is going to start on the Survivors series (about dogs), the Bravelands (about monkeys), and the Seekers series (about bears). His report card was great. He made A honor roll.

I have been enjoying this warm weather. In my part of North Carolina, it has been near 80. Which are the temps we get in April. Last weekend, BK and I worked in the yard. Well, I worked in the yard while BK worked on some stuff that needed to be repaired under the house. We also plotted our garden for this year.

Reading/Reviews:

I am right where I am supposed to be in the reading/review department.

Remember those huge tasks that I said I undertook last week? Well, I finished reorganizing my Goodreads shelf. I now have a Read shelf, a Currently Reading shelf, a Want to Read shelf, a TBR shelf, and a waiting to be reviewed shelf. That was an undertaking. I started at the end of my Want to Read shelf and worked backward. I got rid of any books that were no longer on Amazon (got the screen with the dogs), any books that were part of a series that I haven’t read, and books that made me go “What was I thinking“. It took me 5 days to do. It would have been shorter but the freaking shelf reset itself and I had to start over.

Now, I need to get started on fixing my blog posts. That is going to be another huge undertaking.

I have been doing more blog tours and I signed up for ARC teams. I am trying to figure out how to contact publishers on NetGalley (mainly Loveswept) to let them know I am available to do those. If someone knows, shoot me an email via my contact form, please!! I also revamped my NetGalley bio to say that.


What I am currently reading:

After She's Gone: A Novel (Hanne Lagerlind-Schon Book 2) by [Grebe, Camilla]

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In a small backwater town in Sweden, a young boy with a dark secret comes across a diary. As a cold case investigation suddenly becomes eerily current, a police investigator mysteriously disappears. What links these seemingly random events?

As atrocious acts from the past haunt the present and lives are changed forever, some will struggle to remember – while others struggle to forget . . .

The new thriller from the acclaimed author of THE ICE BENEATH HER, described as ‘Scandi-noir at its powerful bleakest’ by the Daily Mail and ‘unsettling, menacing and compulsively written’ by Heat, this is another slice of tense and twisted drama that will chill you to the bone.

I am 23% into After She’s Gone. It did get off to a slow start but it is starting to pick up speed. Jake, Hanne, and Malin are interesting characters. I can’t wait to see where this book takes them. After She’s Gone is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 26th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review on or after that date.


I recently finished reading

Own To Obey (Myth of Omega Book 7) by [Ellis, Zoey]

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He obtained her – and now she must obey

The Alpha Prince

Brutality and tradition are a way of life for ferocious tribe leader, Kardos. Born different from the other princes, he strives to be the best–to earn his place and prove his worth.

After negotiating for a rare Omega not seen in his Land for over one hundred years, he is keen to present her to the High Chief and gain the recognition he deserves.

It doesn’t matter that she has mesmerizing beauty, or that her manner is too mild for his culture. It doesn’t matter that deep down, a craving burns strong to keep her for himself.

She must accept her fate – and so must he.

The Omega Gift

Sheltered all her life, Omega Shaya found joy in the gardens of her home, the protection of her sister, and the simplicity of her life.

But when the decision to save her sister suddenly puts her in the possession of a fierce tribal warrior, she begins to understand that life can be savage, and painful, and complex.

Alone, and with no way to protect herself, Shaya is determined to overcome the harsh treatment of a culture she doesn’t understand, but when she finds herself attracted to the Alpha’s dominance, she has to find a way to resist him so he doesn’t break her completely; body, mind, and heart.

Own To Obey is the first book in this couple’s story, but the seventh installment of the Myth of Omega series. This is a dark, steamy, Omegaverse romance. Cliff-hanger included. For fans of barbarian Alpha anti-heroes, sweet but savvy Omega heroines, epic fantasy worlds, and captive romances. Discover a magical kind of dark…

Own To Obey includes romance and situations of a dark nature. Some aspects of this story may be sensitive for some readers. For ages 18 and over

I got Own to Obey as a last minute ARC from a publisher who’s review team I joined. While I liked this book, it will not be for most people. There are some scenes that made me wince. Own to Obey is currently available to buy. Be on the lookout for my review at some point today.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

The Winter of the Witch: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 3) by [Arden, Katherine]

Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

I have been waiting patiently to read Winter of the Witch. And it is up next!! I am excited and can’t wait. I need to know what is going to happen to Vasya and Morozko. Winter of the Witch is currently available to buy. Be on the lookout for my review at some point this week.

With the writing chops of Ian McEwan and the story-craft of Lisa Wingate, Karen Kelly weaves a shattering debut about two intertwined families and the secrets that they buried during the gilded, glory days of Bethlehem, PA.

A young woman arrives at the grand ancestral home of her husband’s family, hoping to fortify her cracking marriage. But what she finds is not what she expected: tragedy haunts the hallways, whispering of heartache and a past she never knew existed.

Inspired by the true titans of the steel-boom era, Bethlehem is a story of temptation and regret, a story of secrets and the cost of keeping them, a story of forgiveness. It is the story of two complex women—thrown together in the name of family—who, in coming to understand each other, come finally to understand themselves.

Bethlehem caught my attention when I got the invite to review. I thought that the cover was beautiful and the blurb made me want to read it. So I accepted the invite. Bethlehem is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is July 9th, 2019. My review should be after that date.

Inspection: A Novel by [Malerman, Josh]

J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world.

J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know.

But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.

I can’t wait to read Inspection. The blurb makes it seem like it is going to be a fantastic read!! Inspection is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is March 19th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

An English professor starts a new chapter in her life and is swept up in a Jane Austen-esque romance with a modern day duke

Bonnie Blythe has modeled her life after her favorite books. If only her fiancé would get on the same page and agree to a wedding date.

She’s not at all bitter that her best friend is getting married to a man she’s known for less than a year, and Bonnie most definitely isn’t thinking about the best man to be, Theo Wharton. It’s just whenever she talks with the blue-eyed Brit, sparks fly.

When a shocking reveal ends Bonnie’s engagement, she accepts a summer teaching job at Cambridge—only an hour away from Theo. Bonnie isn’t ready for a new relationship, but the chemistry between her and Theo is impossible to ignore. But Theo’s been hiding the truth about his identity; will Bonnie be able to weather the plot twist and grab the happily ever after of her dreams?

I am very excited to read Smitten by the Brit!! I had read (and reviewed) Getting Hot with Scot and enjoyed it. So, I have high hopes for this book. Smitten by the Brit is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is May 28th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

One young woman learns the true nature of power–both her own and others’–in the riveting conclusion to The Waking Land Trilogy.

Sophy Dunbarron–the illegitimate daughter of a king who never was–has always felt like an impostor. Separated from her birth mother, raised by parents mourning the loss of their true daughter, and unacknowledged by her father, Sophy desires only a place and a family to call her own. But fate has other ideas. Caught up in Elanna Valtai’s revolution, Sophy has become the reigning monarch of a once-divided country–a role she has been groomed her whole life to fill.

But as she quickly discovers, wearing a crown is quite a different thing from keeping a crown. With an influx of magic-bearing refugees pouring across the border, resources already thinned by war are stretched to the breaking point. Half the nobility in her court want her deposed, and the other half question her every decision. And every third person seems to be spontaneously manifesting magical powers.

When Elanna is captured and taken to Paladis, Sophy’s last ally seems to have vanished. Now it is up to her alone to navigate a political maze that becomes more complex and thorny by the day. And worse, Sophy is hiding a huge secret–one that could destroy her tenuous hold on the crown forever.

Another book that I can’t wait to read. I have read the previous 2 books in the trilogy and I can’t wait to read Sophy’s story. The Soul of Power is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is June 4th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.

The first in a wickedly seductive new Scottish historical romance series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch!

Marry or lose their estate; that’s the devil’s bargain he and his brothers must follow. But wild Highlander Niall MacTaggert’s stubborn oldest brother wants nothing to do with marrying the sophisticated, pinky-out Lady Amelia-Rose his mother has chosen for him, even to save their land. Niall’s only goal is to soften up the London socialite, and show his brother the warm beauty behind the shiny, polished front. But what Niall doesn’t expect to find is the woman of his dreams…

I got this book solely because of the title. Everytime I see it, I get Nelly’sIt’s Getting Hot in Here” in my head. It’s Getting Scot in here is currently on preorder. It’s expected publication date is February 26th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review on February 27th, 2019 (part of the blog tour).


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 6th through January 12th 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

The Last Letter
Katie's Highlander (Highlander Protector, #3)
Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks, #1)
Game On (Aces Hockey, #8)
For Baby and Me (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 4)
Life Rewritten (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 3)
Can't Stand the Heat? (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 2)
One Tough Cowboy (Moving Violations #1)

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Katie’s Highlander—review coming January 22nd, 2019

Katie's Highlander (Highlander Protector, #3)

Ice Hot—review coming March 5th, 2019

Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks, #1)

Game On—review coming January 15th, 2019

Game On (Aces Hockey, #8)

For Baby and Me—review coming January 11th, 2019

For Baby and Me (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 4)

Life Rewritten—review coming January 10th, 2019

Life Rewritten (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 3)

Can’t Stand the Heat—review coming January 9th, 2019

Can't Stand the Heat? (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 2)

One Tough Cowboy—review coming February 1st, 2019

One Tough Cowboy (Moving Violations #1)

The Escape Room—review coming August 6th, 2019

The Escape Room

The Liar’s Child—review coming March 12th, 2019

The Liar's Child

The Military Wife—review coming February 10th, 2019

The Military Wife (A Heart of a Hero, #1)

The Night Before—review coming May 14th, 2019

The Night Before

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Life Rewritten—review here

Life Rewritten (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 3)

Can’t Stand the Heat—review here

Can't Stand the Heat? (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 2)

White Stag—review here

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

An Anonymous Girl—review here

An Anonymous Girl

Forgiving Keven—review here

Forgiving Keven (The Kennedy Boys, #7)

Deadly Cage—review here

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

The Woman in the Lake

Breaking His Rules

Breaking His Rules

The Night Window

The Night Window (Jane Hawk #5)

The Soul of Power

The Soul of Power

Smitten by the Brit

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love, #2)

Inspection

Inspection: A Novel

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

The Queen's Opal (Stone Bearers, #1)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly-Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday