Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY!



Welcome to the
GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY HOP!
This hop starts on November 15th and ends on November 30th
This hop is hosted by BookHounds

My Giveaway:

I love this giveaway so much because it gives me the opportunity to thank you! I appreciate you for following my blog and reading my reviews. I'm only asking you to do two things to enter this giveaway:
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Giveaway will run from November 15th to Novernber 30th
Winner will be chosen on December 1st
Good Luck AND a GIANT thank you from Mug of Moxie!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW "THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE"

THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBORNE
128 Pages
Publisher: Tor 
October 3, 2017 

Goodreads Synopsis:
The rule is simple: don't bleed.
For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she's been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction.
Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she'll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?
My Thoughts:
This small book packs a hell of a punch! WOW! The timing of reading this was perfect for the Halloween season. The reader will take a ride that's brutal, bizarre, and terrifying. The genre is a unique combination of  horror and science fiction that I found thrilling. The author pulls the reader in from the very first page and doesn't let go, I actually forgot about the character that was introduced in the first few pages until the author brings the story around full circle. All the pieces of this strange puzzle fit together beautifully. Just a warning to the reader- this tale is gruesome, bloody, and not for the faint of heart.
I really wish that the book would have been a bit longer, Molly's story is so interesting, I wanted more.
I would absolutely read another book by Tade Thompson.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE SCENT OF RAIN


THE SCENT OF RAIN BY ANNE MONTGOMERY
March 2017
386 Pages
Treehouse Publishing


Amazon Synopsis:
Rose Madsen will do anything to keep from being married off to one of the men in her Fundamentalist Mormon (FLDS) community, even endure the continued beatings and abuse of her mother. But when her mentally handicapped baby sister is forced to strangle the bird she loves at the behest of the Prophet, Rose frees the bird and runs away.
Adan Reyes will do anything to escape the abusive foster care system in Phoenix, even leaving his good friends and successful high school athletic career behind him. Ill-prepared for surviving the desert, Adan hits the road only to suffer heat stroke. Found by a local handyman, he catches a glimpse of a mysterious girl--Rose--running through town, and follows her into the mountains where they are both tracked and discovered by the men of the FLDS community. 
With their fates now intertwined, can Rose and Adan escape the systems locking them into lives of abuse? Will Rose be forced to marry the Prophet, a man her father's age, and be one of dozens of wives, perpetually pregnant, with no hope for an education? Will Adan be returned to the foster home where bullying and cruelty are common? Is everyone they meet determined to keep them right where they belong or are some adults worthy of their trust?
My Thoughts:
It was a little eerie that I had just listened to a podcast about Jim Jones and his followers who committed mass suicide in Jonestown in 1978. As I read through this book I kept reflecting on what people do in the name of religion and their beliefs.
This is not a feel good, cozy book to read. We have all seen the Dateline and 20/20 specials that report disturbing stories on the FLDS- an real life cult community that actually exists in Colorado City, Arizona. Author, Anne Montgomery helps us step into the life of a fictional sixteen year old girl named Rose who has lived her entire life in this community. Everything that an outsider would view as odd or bizarre is everyday life for her. Rose is a typical teenager who has a bit of a rebellious streak which is absolutely forbidden in this town and her home. No questions are allowed, you are expected to obey without answers. This story is told from several points of view giving the reader a deeper look into life in the FLDS community. We get the perspective of Trak who lives in Hurricane, Utah-a town outside the community but does small jobs in Colorado City, he has grown up with this cult right next door and has come to believe that it's just the way things are-it disturbs him but what is he expected to do? We see things through the eyes of The Prophet, a man that members of the FLDS believe speaks revelation directly from God and expect his followers to obey without question-whether that means killing family pets or marrying sixteen year old girls to sixty year old men. Probably one of the most disturbing characters to me was Bliss, Roses' mother who is completely committed to The Prophet and punishes Rose verbally, emotionally, and physically when Rose does something she believes does not fall into line with the teachings of the Prophet. 
There were a couple characters that puzzled me because I wasn't sure why they were part of this particular book. A runaway named Adan comes into the story early on and is then inserted several times, but I never really truly understood his role in Roses' life. I really liked Adan and his back story which involves the foster care system and the deportation of his mother which is so relevant-especially right now. Adan could really have his own book. The other character that felt inserted simply to provide a love interest was Brooke, a social worker new to the area. Her only role was to simply find out that Adan was a runaway and be that special red head that catches Trak's eye.
Other than those few little issues I had with the story I thought "The Scent of Rain" was really good. A heartbreaking and tragic read but, this story also shows the resilience of the human spirit. People can go through hard things and still overcome. I appreciate the time and research that author, Anne Montgomery put into writing her book.
If you like this book I would also recommend a book called "The Chosen One" by Carol Lynch Williams. They both give a fascinating look into a disturbing reality going on right under our noses.
*I received a copy of this book by from the author for an honest review.

WINNER: Spooktacular Giveaway Hop



A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN!
Emily has won a copy of "There's Someone In Your House" by Stephanie Perkins
Thanks to everyone who participated and to BookHounds for hosting.
I've already signed up for a "Gratitude Giveaway" Hop also hosted by BookHounds. I can't wait!

Monday, October 30, 2017

SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP!

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT TO ENTER!
THREE BOOKS TO CHOOSE FROM!


CLICK ON "SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP" BUTTON TO ENTER
GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON CLOSING SURVEY


DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON CLOSING SURVEY
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Midnight
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
Just two, but they were really good.
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
Final Girls by Riley Sager and The Trespasser by Tana French
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
I thought everything was wonderful! The mini challenges were fun and getting to know other book bloggers was great.
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
I will be participating in the next one and be more organized with my schedule. I would like to donate a book or gift card for the next Readathon 

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Challenge-10 Years in 10 Books!

10 Years in 10 Books!

In celebration of 10 YEARS of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, we are celebrating 10 books that we have read and recommended over the last ten years:

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2017(so far one of my favorites)

GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to the GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY HOP! This hop starts on November 15th and ends on November 30th This hop is hosted by  BookHou...