My review by Emmyjo for Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

My review for Anne of Green Gables Author: L.M. Montgomery Narrator: Colleen Winton Length: 10 hours 7 minutes; 9 hours. 5 minutes; 8 hours 20 minutes

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Post Hypnotic Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

5 out of 5 stakes!

First off I love this book. I have never read or listened to the audio Book before. Can’t wait to read/listen to the rest of the series.

Anne who is an orphan spends her time day dreaming. So when she gets adopted to live with a family she’s so very happy. However Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert who are siblings decide to adopt a boy to help out on the farm in Green Gables.

But Matthew is astonished to see a little girl at the train station. Little did he know then, that his life was going to change so much for the better. After some thought Marilla and Matthew decide to keep Anne.

But Marilla would be the one laying all the rules. Marilla is so very strict, not sure if it’s how she was brought up or not. I liked her character well enough just wish she would be a little nicer to Anne and show emotion more.

Now Anne who is 11 and has been in an orphanage for awhile has taken to day dreaming a lot. She has been told cause of her red hair she is wicked. Now she is very forgetful at first, and tells so many stories which Matthew loves to listen to. She becomes friends with Diana, and somehow manages to get into trouble.

This book we learn all about Anne’s imagination and her dislike for a boy Gilbert. Anne does start to take things a little more seriously as time goes on. But wow the stories she tells. I really think this book is fantastic. All the characters are well thought out and not just thrown in there for another person.

Synopsis of Book 1: Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia (based upon the real community of New London), is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their 50s and 60s, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm. They live at Green Gables, their Avonlea farmhouse on Prince Edward Island. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne Shirley. Anne is described as bright and quick, eager to please, talkative, and extremely imaginative. She has a pale face with freckles and usually braids her red hair. When asked her name, Anne tells Marilla to call her Cordelia, which Marilla refuses; Anne then insists that if she is to be called Anne, it must be spelled with an e, as that spelling is “so much more distinguished”. Marilla at first says the girl must return to the orphanage, but after a few days she decides to let her stay. Marilla feels that she could be a good influence on the girl and had also overheard that another disagreeable woman in town might take Anne in instead.

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About the Author: L.M. Montgomery Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942) was a Canadian author best known Anne of Green Gables and the series of novels that book begins. The “Anne” of the books is Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl who comes to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their farm, Green Gables. Published in 1908, the book was an immediate success in Canada, the United States and beyond. It has been adapted multiple times to screen, stage, radio, and TV. Anne Shirley made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. Anne of Green Gables was ranked number 41 in “The Big Read,” a survey of the British public by BBC to determine the “nation’s best-loved novel” (not children’s novel!). And a survey conducted by School Library Journal (USA) in 2012 ranked Anne of Green Gables number nine among all-time children’s novels. Anne of Green Gables was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery published 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays in her lifetime. Her work, diaries and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide. Mostly set in Prince Edward Island and locations within Canada’s smallest province, the books made PEI a literary landmark and popular tourist site. Montgomery was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935. Website⎮Facebook⎮Twitter⎮Pinterest About the Narrator: Colleen Winton Colleen is a Vancouver actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer…and now a narrator. Her career has taken her all over the country and includes the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown Festivals, the original Canadian companies of CATS and Show Boat, extensive film/TV credits, and numerous directing/choreographing credits. Her stage work has been honoured with numerous nominations and a Jessie and Ovation award and she received a cultural award given by her local Chamber of Commerce. She was especially pleased to have recorded the works of L.M. Montgomery for Post Hypnotic Press just before she embarked on a production of the musical Anne of Green Gables at Theatre Calgary in which she plays Marilla Cuthbert.

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My review for Glittering Court #2 Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

5 out of 5 stars!

This book is truly enjoyable. I loved learning more about Mira and her story. How she came to the Glittering Court. Plus learning where she was always sneaking off to. I always wondered in the first book what was really going on with Mira. Plus we get her point of view on Adelaide and Tamsin even how she knew about Cedric. See Mira is really one of the good people. Although I don’t want to give anything away.. Mira meeting Grant and helping him out is great. Now how she met him is crazy, everything really ties together in this one. Mira just wants to help her brother out, but in doing so she kind of I think loses herself along the way. Because she is so consumed in finding and helping her brother she misses things in front of her. I love the banter between her and Grant. Both are so crazy that they lose sight of themselves.  The ending left it open for another book. Please let there be another book. I wonder if the 3rd book will be about Tamsin and her point of view? Her story? Or all 3 women that would be awesome either way.

 

My review for Misled by Kathryn Kelly. Also below author information and where to buy this awesome book, giveaway info.

This book is 4 out of 5 stars!

Book is awesome. I found I liked Meggie and Outlaw’s story. Meggie is basically running from her crap life and thinks going to her dad will help. Because her dad is the boss of the death dwellers. Her home life isn’t great at all. Meggie’s mother married a monster, woman abuser who also abuses Meggie. But when Meggie has had enough she tells her step-father that her dad will take care of him for hurting her and her mother. 

But when she gets to the death dwellers she finds that her father is gone. Enters Outlaw who is the new President and tries to help Meggie against what the guys want him to do. 

Now Outlaw and Meggie become sort of friends. They banter back and fourth as if they are a couple. But can both of them realize what’s in front of them before walking away? Outlaw’s secret may push Meggie away. But can Meggie tell outlaw really what happened between her step-father and her? With everything going on there is also a trader in the death dwellers. Also I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kathryn Kelly. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

About the Audiobook

Author: Kathryn Kelly

Narrator: Samuel Valor

Length: 10 hours 52 minutes

Publisher: Leslie C. Ferdinand⎮2017

Genre: MC Romance

Series: Death Dwellers, Book One

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Synopsis: Megan “Meggie” Foy has had a tough life. Her home life is nothing as it seems. Living with her mother and stepfather is a complete nightmare. They seem to have the perfect little family, but appearances can be deceiving and monsters are closer than you think. When her body and mind can take no more abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Meggie finally decides to run, hoping her father, MC President of the Death Dwellers’ Joseph “Boss” Foy, can save her and rescue her terrified mother from the clutches of her step-monster, before it’s too late for them.
Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell deals in a world of violence, sex, drugs, and crudity. As current president of the Death Dwellers’ MC, he presides over a club in chaos after the death of their longtime president and his mentor, Joseph “Boss” Foy. Outlaw is trying to keep everything with the club in his control. What happens when more trouble arises in the form of a blonde-haired, 18-year-old beauty with the same eyes as his former mentor?
Meggie discovers her daddy is gone and now there may be no one to save her and her mother. How will she feel when she finds out the man who killed him is the man she’s falling in love with? Can Outlaw get past his demons to truly find love with Meggie and peace with the death of Boss Foy? Alliances will be made, loyalties tested, lives will be lost, but will love conquer all in the world of bikers and revenge?

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About the Author: Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn Kelly is living her dream and writing books. She’s always been an avid reader and still devours books in her spare time. She also enjoys football, socializing, music, eating, and jokes. In her head, she’s the ultimate biker babe. In reality, she’s an ordinary girl-next-door and a native New Orleanian. Since the release of Misled in December 2013, she’s been living her dream of writing books. In August 2015, her life took a dramatic turn with the diagnosis of Stage 2B HER2 Positive Breast Cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, lymph node removal, and breast reconstruction in February 2016. The support of her family, friends, and fans helped her to stay strong and keep her head up. #F*ckCancer became her rallying cry. Now located in the Houston area, she is once again cancer free. Her hair is growing back and her nails are returning to normal. Currently, she is plotting her next book.

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About the Narrator: Samuel Valor

Samuel Valor is a voice performance artist and narrator. He hails from Southern California where he spends his time writing, recording, and playing music. He has voiced a wide variety of books and commercials, from Shakespeare to mustard to romance, whatever needs that extra bit of masculine energy to spice it up. He has a four octave range, which allows for a wide variety of voices and sounds.

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Jul. 16th:

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Jul. 17th:

Between the Coverz (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

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Jul. 18th:

A Woman and Her Books (Review)

Just One More Page (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Jul. 19th:

Blogger Nicole (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)

The Book Slayer (Review)

Jul. 20th:

The Bookworm Lodge (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

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Jul. 21st:

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Lomeraniel (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)

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Ali the Dragon Slayer (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Giveaway)

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My review for Shades of Earth ( book 3) by Beth Revis

I will tell you it’s 5 out of 5 stars!

This book was just great. I mean I thought I couldn’t like the characters more.. but I do. Now in this one we find Amy and Elder landing in a new Earth with two suns.

But isn’t what they thought it was going to be. It’s worse then they were thinking. Elder’s fear of Amy’s parents and the rest of the military have taken over and there are secrets. When people start to disappear and turn up dead Amy and Elder have to find out who and why? But the monsters they are seeking are closer then anyone thinks. When trying to make contact with Sol-earth, they hear a recording from long ago. This one does have a twist that you may not see coming. I half guessed it right away. Meaning I was right in my thinking, but there is so much more to it. Amy and Elder are my favorite couple.

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ALTERATIONS by Stephanie Scott

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If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.

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THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z by Natalie Blitt

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This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.

Seventeen-year-old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to wear baseball caps and jerseys every day.

But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between who she is and who he is is worth the risk.

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BEFORE GOODBYE by Mimi Cross 

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Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it’s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love—until a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate’s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain.

Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school’s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor’s guilt after his brother’s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again—but connecting with Cate, his sister’s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in.

As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.

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ONCE AND FOR ALL: AN AMERICAN VALOR NOVEL by Cheryl Etchison

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The Rangers of the 1st/75th fight hard, train hard and play hard. They are physically strong and mentally tough, disciplined and courageous. But all their military training hasn’t prepared them for falling in love.

Rule #1: Military and matrimony don’t mix.

But if there’s one person Staff Sergeant Danny MacGregor would break all his rules for, it’s Bree–his first friend, first love, first everything. Maybe he likes playing the hero. Maybe he’s trying to ease ten years of guilt. Either way, he’ll do whatever he can to help her.

Wish #1: A little bit of normal.

Bree Dunbar has battled cancer, twice. What she wants most is a fresh start in a place where she can find a new job, and where people aren’t constantly treating her like she’s sick. By some miracle her wish is granted, but it comes with one major string attached– the man who broke her heart ten years before.

The rules for this marriage of convenience are simple: when she’s ready to stand on her own two feet, she’ll walk away and he’ll let her go. Only, as they both know all too well, things don’t always go according to plan…

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CLOSE TO YOU by Kara Isaac

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A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

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SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods

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Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one zodiac-obsessed teen as she struggles to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.

As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love. But Wil must decide whether to trust her heart or her chart when she falls for a sensitive guitar player whose zodiac sign points to cosmic disaster.

If Wil’s fate is truly written in the stars, then this summer is about to go supernova. . . .

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My review for Lux and Lies ( Whitebird Chronicles #1 ) By Meg Collett

                   My review for

                   Lux and Lies

( Whitebird Chronicles # 1 )

By

Meg Collett

5 out of 5 stars!

This book is so fantastic. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen. I even dreamed about it. Had to wake up and finish it. So took about two days of that.

Wren who is dying from cancer is offered a chance to get a cure when it becomes legal. But the catch is she has to pretend she’s some famous actress Sloan Lux who died. And VidaCorp doesn’t want that information leaked out to the public. Because there is an upcoming realality show that will be starting. So does Wren take it and make changes to herself and become someone else to live?

Wren decides to make that deal and that’s when things become so crazy that she begins to wonder if she can pull this off. With Hutton who was sort of friends with Sloan and her P.A. Wren begins to learn how to become Sloan. With Sloan’s on again and off again boyfriend Roman helping out they prefect Wren.

Then there is Bode head of security who is there to protect her so the new realality show goes off without any problems. However with the gang Whitebirds trying to stop vidacorp from making the cure legal. Which is Bode’s brother Hazen’s company and also who owns the realality show. Beau who is a  presidential candidate who wants to push to legalize the cure and is on the realality show as well with Wren/Sloan.

Basically this book is so awesome because it has a twist that I didn’t see coming towards the end. One that thinks oh wait a minute, I want more.

I liked all the characters in some way or another.

BOOK DETAILS:

Lux and Lies

by Meg Collett

(Whitebird, #1)

Publication date: May 2nd 2017

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Blurb:

Mr. Robot meets UnReal in a story of celebrities and anarchists, reality shows and evil corporations, romance and self-discovery.

Nineteen-year-old Wren Iver is nothing more than a dying girl with cancer, but when megastar Sloan Lux dies right before filming starts on the year’s most anticipated reality show, producers scramble to secretly replace her—with Wren. She’s swept into Hollywood and promised a cure by VidaCorp, the nation’s richest bioengineering corporation, for simply replacing Lux. It’s a deal Wren can’t refuse.

The decision could get her killed, because she isn’t the only cast member with ulterior motives

The Whitebirds, a social anarchist group, has infiltrated the show, and they’ll stop at nothing to use Sloane Lux’s fame to derail VidaCorp’s efforts to legalize their controversial, life-changing drug—a drug that might kill more people than it saves. Caught in the middle of a game between a powerful corporation and ruthless anarchist group, Wren will do anything to survive.

Will Wren secure the drug she needs to survive, or will she become another casualty in the anarchists’ fight against VidaCorp?