Top Ten Tuesday: April 16th, 2019 (Rainy Day Reads)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns each Tuesday a topic and then posts her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

Top Ten Rainy Day Reads:

These are the top 10 books that I would curl up with on a rainy day. There is a wide variety here. I don’t discriminate. I read everything!!

1)Prince of Persuasion by Emigh Cannaday:

Prince of Persuasion (The Novi Navarro Chronicles Book 1) by [Cannaday, Emigh]

2)Only Ever You by Siobhan Davis

Only Ever You by [Davis, Siobhan]

3)Death March Escape by Jack J. Hersch

Death March Escape: The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust by [Hersch, Jack J]

4)Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynne

Moonlight & Whiskey by [Lynne, Tricia]

5)Life Rewritten by Margaret Watson

Life Rewritten (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 3) by [Watson, Margaret]

6)The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves by [Chokshi, Roshani]

7)Zero by Jacob Whaler

Zero (The Fringe Collection Book 1) by [Whaler, Jacob]

8)White Stag by Kara Barbieri

9)Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie by [Summers, Courtney]

10)Golden Skies by Juan Zapata

Golden Skies (The New Order Trilogy Book 1) by [Zapata, Juan]
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Blog Tour: White Stag (Permafrost: Book 1) by Kara Barbieri

5 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books

Date of publication: January 8th, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Permafrost

White Stag–book 1

Goblin King–book 2 (unknown publication date)

Where you can find White Stag: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.


My review: 

Janneke is the youngest in a family that consists of all girls. As her sisters got married and had children, Janneke was raised to be the male heir. She was taught to track, hunt, and fight. Then one day, the goblins razed her village. The sole survivor, Janneke is taken prisoner by Lydian. After suffering brutal rapes that disfigured her body, Janneke is brought to Lydian’s nephew barely alive. Soren is nothing like Lydian. She is allowed liberties that none of the other thralls are allowed. That includes becoming Soren’s right-hand woman in combat. Soren and Janneke are at Court when the current Goblin King dies. Soon begins The Hunt, where the nobility of Permafrost competes to be the first person to capture the White Stag. During The Hunt, Janneke must come to terms of her family’s death over 100 years ago. When she gets wind of a plan that threatens Permafrost, Janneke must do the impossible. She must stand up to her demons and banish them to save the world that she calls home. Can Janneke do it?

I had mentioned in an earlier post that I had read a few books that were based on Der Erlkonig by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. The books before this were romances and were well written in their own way. What excited me about this book was that it wasn’t a romance. Instead, the main character was a captive in the goblin’s world. That fascinated me and was the main reason I decided to accept the invite from the publisher. I was curious.

I am glad that I did accept the review to invite this book because I was blown away. The author chose to have the goblins be humanlike instead of what people’s preconceived versions of they look like. They actually reminded me of Elves in a way. But they were able to morph into these frightening beings when angered. It was creepy to see how Lydian and Soren looked like when enraged.

I also liked that the author had this book take place in the Arctic. The other books that I have read had the books taken place in Bavaria. Which is OK but having the book set in made more sense to me. I also liked that she took a combination of Swedish, Norse and German mythology and melded them into the story. It made for an interesting read.

I thought Janneke’s storyline was heartbreaking. She suffered so much trauma that I wondered how she coped at times. She suffered insane survivor’s guilt that manifested in nightmares. My heart broke for her because up to the middle of the book, she was existing. I didn’t blame Soren for what he did to her either. If I were in his position, I would have done the same thing. I also liked that the author had Janneke deal with her issues. I cried during that scene but it needed to be done.

I didn’t like Lydian for 90% of the book. He was insane and evil. What he did to Janneke was awful. But, when Soren explained what happened to Lydian when he was younger, I felt pity for him. It didn’t excuse what he did to both Soren and Janneke but it explained a lot.

The plotline with the hunt for the White Stag was well written. I didn’t get why Janneke had such a connection to it at first. But the more I got into the book, the more the connection was explained. I was still surprised by what happened at the end of the book. I was not expecting that.

The end of White Stag was interesting. So many questions were answered. The author did a great job at ending some plotlines but leaving others open. There was a definite lead in for book 2 and I can’t wait to read it!!!


I gave White Stag a 5-star review. This is one of the best takes on the Erlkonig poem that I have read to date. I connected with each character. The plotlines were beautifully written. I couldn’t find anything to nitpick about either. A fantastic book!!

I would give White Stag an Adult rating. There is sex (not graphic). There is language. There is extreme violence. There are triggers. They would be rape and survivor’s guilt. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book. There is a graphic rape scene. There is are also several graphic battles.

I would reread White Stag. I would also recommend this book to family and friends. I would include a warning about the triggers.


I would like to thank St. Martin’s Press, Wednesday Books, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review White Stag

All opinion stated in this review of White Stag are mine.

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**


Have you read White Stag?

Love it? 

Hate it?

Meh about it?

Let me know!!!

Weekly Wrap Up: November 25th through December 1st 2018

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

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Sisters of the Fire (Blood and Gold, #2)

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

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

An Anonymous Girl—review coming January 8th, 2019

An Anonymous Girl

White Stag—review coming January 9th, 2019

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

The Duke I Once Knew—review coming December 31st, 2018

The Duke I Once Knew (Unlikely Duchesses, #1)

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

Perfectly Inappropriate—review here

Perfectly Inappropriate

The Good, The Bad, and The Duke—review here

The Good, the Bad, and the Duke (The Cavensham Heiresses #4)

Rend—review here

Rend (Riven, #2)

Foam on the Crest of Waves—review here

Foam On The Crest Of Waves

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

Keep Her Close

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

The House of Fire and Rain (Firemountain Chronicles, #2)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekly Wrap-Up: November 18th through November 24th 2018

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

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

Foam On The Crest Of Waves

The Duke I Once Knew (Unlikely Duchesses, #1)

Perfectly Inappropriate

The Good, the Bad, and the Duke (The Cavensham Heiresses #4)

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

Perfectly Inappropriate—review coming November 27th, 2018

Perfectly Inappropriate

The Good, the Bad, and the Duke—review coming November 27th, 2018

The Good, the Bad, and the Duke (The Cavensham Heiresses #4)

Rend—review coming November 27th, 2018

Rend (Riven, #2)

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

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

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

Zero Front Medium Resolution.jpg

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: November 21st, 2018

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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?


What’s going on with me this past week:

Personal:

I am in prep mode for Thanksgiving. BK and I have prepped most of the food for tomorrow (except the turkey breast and ham). We are having carrots and turnips, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Dessert is pumpkin and Dutch apple pie. Besides Thanksgiving, I am celebrating two birthdays. Mr. Z turned 11 yesterday and Miss B is turning 13 on Saturday.

Miss R had her Thanksgiving Feast last Friday at her preschool. She loved it. She goes to a private, church-based preschool and they have it catered (which is included in with the tuition. Also included, art museum lessons, a storyteller, and something called stretch and grow). So, the kids got turkey, gravy, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce (or the yucky stuff as she calls it). She loved it. The teachers had the kids make special shirts for Thanksgiving. The 3’s class dressed up as Pilgrims and I am going to assume that Miss R’s class (the 4’s) were the Native Americans.

I also got a new phone as an early Christmas present. I got an LG Stylo 4 plus a very cool case. I was not expecting it. I had a Moto 6 before that and didn’t like it. It kept rebooting on me. All the freaking time. I was a huge LG fan before my last phone and I don’t think I won’t ever get another brand again…lol. Also (and yes, I am nerding out here for a minute), I got a new World of Warcraft calendar for 2019. What excited me the most about this calendar is that it shows the scenes from the events leading up to the World Tree burning. Everything from Jaina’s journey to Arthas turning Sylvanas to the Tree burning. I won’t lie. I squeed like a fangirl when I got it. BK just shook his head when he saw heard me.

Reading:

I am in a good place readingwise. I have caught up with all of my reviews that were past due (there were quite a few). My next project is to whittle down my books on NetGalley. And I am going to try to read some of my books on my TBR list. I have been slowly adding books from my Amazon TBR to Goodreads.


What I am currently reading:

The Duke I Once Knew (Unlikely Duchesses, #1)

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First love is always the sweetest. 

For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her aging parents and the children of her siblings. Now, eager to make her own life, she takes a position as a governess on the neighboring estate. It shouldn’t matter that her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the infamous rake who once broke her youthful heart. Surely he’s forgotten her, for he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years. At least, that is, until he arrives unexpectedly.

Max is incensed to meet his sister’s new governess. But why does Abby appear just as displeased to see him when it was she who’d rejected him all those years ago? Why is he so drawn to the independent spinster she has become? And why is there a sparkle in her beautiful blue eyes that suggests they might have a second chance at love?

I am not liking this book. I am about halfway through it and I keep eye-rolling and/or shaking my head. I am hoping that it gets better. Or at least a couple of characters leave (and not the main ones). The expected publication date for this book is December 31st, 2018. My review should be on or after that date.


What I recently finished reading:

Perfectly Inappropriate

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A woman scorned and a politician with a wild side connect online—and explore their hottest fantasies in the flesh.

Olivia Watts knows that her problems are painfully average. She got engaged, and her fiancé cheated. She gave up on her dream job—street photographer—and settled on a more practical one: graphic designer. She scrimped and saved to buy a home, only to realize how empty it was. So when Olivia hears about an exclusive dating app that matches subs with highly trained doms, she does something she never thought she’d do in a million years: She signs up. The last thing she expects to find is a man whose sizzling touch reawakens the woman she used to be. . . .

Noah Grant has no time for relationships. His sole purpose is to win reelection. That’s why he pays a premium to the discreet app that satisfies all his dark desires. But after sweet, innocent Olivia is vetted and arrives for their week together in his penthouse, it’s blatantly clear that she’s running from her demons. Noah’s more than willing to be her escape—until their emotions get tangled up in their games. Now, to become worthy of Olivia’s heart, Noah will have to prove that he’s more than a fantasy.

I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. There are BDSM and erotica in this book but the author was able to weave a story in with that element. It ended up being a very sweet story about finding one’s self again. Perfectly Inappropriate’s expected publication date is November 27th, 2018. Be on the lookout for my review on or after that date.


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

Foam On The Crest Of Waves

Can facing the past transform the present?

In a small fishing town on the Mendocino coast, the tides of time have washed over rumors and suspicions, yet the members of a maimed family still struggle to cope with their memories. 

A broken woman, refusing to let go of her vanished husband.
Her widowed brother, clinging to the shatters of the life he loved.
His delusional daughter, planning to turn mermaid on her fifteenth birthday. 

But when a young man realizes he made a mistake, secrets start emerging from the deep. Will they bring further grief, or possibly redemption?

I read the blurb and I knew I had to review this book. Plus, look at the cover. It is beautiful. Hoping that this book is as good as I have built it up to be in my mind.

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

This book sounds like it is fantastic. I have read a couple of books about the Goblin King but they were romances. Those books also didn’t deal with the citizens of the Goblin King’s world. I am super excited to read this book and be on the blog tour!!

An Anonymous Girl

The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller, The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

I was beyond thrilled when I got accepted to review this book. I had read The Wife Between Us and loved it. So, I am hoping that An Anonymous Girl is as good as that book!!

Sisters of the Fire (Blood and Gold, #2)

An action-packed, compelling historical fantasy, from the pen of an award-winning author

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

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

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

Another book that I had been waiting for. I had read the first book and enjoyed it. I am hoping that this book is as good as the first one.


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: September 23rd through September 29th

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

The Rain Watcher

A True Cowboy Christmas (Cold River Ranch, #1)

The Hangman's Secret (Victorian Mystery, #3)

A Spark of Light

 

Mr. Nice Guy

Books I’ve Reviewed (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

A True Cowboy Christmas—review coming October 31st, 2018

A True Cowboy Christmas (Cold River Ranch, #1)

The Hangman’s Secret—review coming January 9th, 2019

The Hangman's Secret (Victorian Mystery, #3)

The Christmas Wishing Tree—review here

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane—review here

The Ancient Nine—review here

The Ancient Nine

Mr. Nice Guy—review coming October 16th

Mr. Nice Guy

The Christmas Wishing Tree—review coming September 26th

The Christmas Wishing Tree (Eternity Springs, #15)

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

Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast

The Duke I Once Knew (Unlikely Duchesses, #1)

The Corner of Holly and Ivy: A feel-good Christmas romance

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

The Girls at 17 Swann Street

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

Until We Are Free (Until #1)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

Freebie Sunday