Sunday Sum~Up

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

I have found that I appreciate my weekends more and more lately. I did not know this was possible! But those small moments of downtime and peace are becoming more and more necessary to recharge. I also realized this past weekend that I need to stop pressuring myself to be “more” social. Regardless of what others believe would be best for me, it is okay to just be happy. With that said, we are shifting gears here in the home. We are making huge lifestyle changes involving how we eat and tackling physical activity. While there is no “fix” for me, I am noticing benefits. I have slept better, dropped some weight and feel more motivated. It makes it easier to combat the hard days ❤ Side note: 3 ingredient banana and oat cookies are not so great, but edible.

The poor nonhubs had to travel to multiple places this weekend to pick up a copy of The Shape of Water for me, but he succeeded. Hopefully, I will have or be watching it by the time this posts. My TBR took a detour, but it was due to some unexpected but very welcomed book mail that I could not wait to tear into. So far, I am only off by two titles, so not too shabby!




2 for 1 Review

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The Hazel Wood




30339493The Isle of Blood and Stone
By Makiia Lucier
Available April 10, 2018


Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. “It’s bound to be a goose chase. You know that?”

“Or a treasure hunt,” Ulises countered, “and you’ve always been good at those.”

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side-whether he wants her there or not-Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.

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What I am watching this week:


Guillermo del Toro! I have been on a book buying ban, so now I obviously need to invest those funds into my bluray collection 😉 I picked up The Orphanage and The Devil’s Backbone.

What I am listening:



I finally found a copy of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on vinyl that I wanted!


How has your week been? Did you find time to manage a good book or two? It always feels like work picks up significantly as Spring moves in.


“A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
~Madeleine L’Engle


Danielle ❤

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2 for 1 Tuesday: Book Reviews & Giveaway

I received both of the following copies courtesy of the publisher. The following reviews are my own, honest & unbiased opinion.

I also have an extra paperback copy of each book that I am giving away to one lucky reader 😉 This is open internationally, as I will be shipping them. Link to Rafflecopter after reviews.

thewarriorwithinThe Book

The Warrior Within
By Angus McIntyre
ISBN13: 9780765397102
Pages: 175
Science Fiction


Angus McIntyre makes his debut with The Warrior Within, a mind-bending science fiction adventure about a man with many people living in his head.

Karsman has a dozen different people living in his head, each the master of a different set of skills and hoping to gain mastery of Karsman’s body. He survives on a backwater planet dominated by the Muljaddy, a mostly ambivalent religious autocracy, where devotion and prayer can be traded in for subsistence wages and enough food to survive. Surrounded by artifacts of a long-dead civilization, the population survives off its salvage, with Karsman eking out an uneventful life as the unofficial mayor of his small town.

But that life is soon interrupted, when a group of commandos arrive, coming from the wastelands as only off-worlders could. They’ve come to kill a woman, or so they say. At first, the commandos merely threaten as they search. Unable to find what they’re looking for, they begin to ratchet up their measures, separating the men from the women, instigating violent encounters, and eventually staging a coup against the Muljaddy and his Temple.

Faced with the task of protecting his quiet town and a woman he might love from the commandos who could want to kill her, Karsman must balance between maintaining his personality and harnessing the personas whose skills he desperately needs.

My Thoughts

I think we have established that I am a huge fan of When it comes to short stories and novellas, they bring one of the biggest “A” you can find on the market. If you crave sci-fi and fantasy, you will find it. The Warrior Within is no exception.

Set in a futuristic world scattered with remnants of past civilizations, we meet Karsman. He is a man of many talents. Talents which can each be attributed to the multiple personas living within him. He presides over his current town as the “Mayor” or so many of the locals have dubbed him. Overseen by the Muljaddy (dominant extraterrestrial beings), life is a rather quiet and uneventful affair that can easily be sustained through prayer and worship.  This all changes when a group of soldiers arrive, claiming to be in search of a woman they must assassinate. When their searches prove fruitless, they begin to take more extreme measures, forcing Karsman to enlist the help of his personas and their skills while maintaining a firm grip on himself.

This is the rare example of a successful story accomplished in limited time that manages to leave you wanting more in the best of ways. Characters development is a process of revelation and gratification. There is a lot of mystery shrouding Karsman and his personas, but the eventual explanation helps to complete him, adding a new layer of depth that is hard not to appreciate.

The setting is incredibly robust with a well-constructed world. References and traces of the past civilizations are cleverly placed throughout, accompanied by a narration that is fluid and knowledgeable. All resulting in what feels and reads like the beginning of a potentially beautiful space opera. My biggest complaint would be that I just wanted more time with Karsman and his homeland to explore and learn. And well, that is not a bad complaint to have!

tea cupEnjoyed over a nice cup of cinnamon, chai tea.

Purchase links: Book Depository

The Only Harmless Great Thing RD3_quote4_pms2_pinkThe Book

The Only Harmless Great Thing
By Brooke Bolander
ISBN13: 9781250169488
Pages: 96
Alternate History/Science Fiction


In the early years of the 20th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning. Around the same time, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to death by electricity in Coney Island.

These are the facts.

Now, these two tragedies are intertwined in a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and injustice crying out to be righted. Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey that crosses eras, chronicling histories of cruelty both grand and petty in search of meaning and justice.

My Thoughts

The Only Great Harmless Thing is a fantastic dose of alternative history that manages to accomplish many great things despite its brevity. Set in the early 20th century, we are introduced to two specific issues; female factory employees who are being slowly poisoned to death by radiation and an elephant who is sentenced to a public death by electrocution.

Bolander elegantly weaves both tales together, providing the reader with a with an alternate view of a shameful past. The effects are powerful! This is a hefty dose of capitalism gone very bad and one incredible bond that is established as a result, that will have lasting ramifications.

While I admit that it took me a hot minute to adjust to the alternating narration (between elephant and girl), it was cleverly utilized to solidify the emotion and anger contained within our protagonists. An observance of mankind at his worst presented in the most clever and rewarding manners imaginable. Simply stunning!

tea cup Devoured over a cup of iced, green tea.

Purchase links: Book Depository


Enter Giveaway

Giveaway is open internationally to anyone 18 or older (or with parental consent). Winner will be contacted via email or dm and must be willing to provide a shipping address. *The publisher is not responsible for this giveaway. Please contact Books, Vertigo and Tea with any questions.

Happy Reading,

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum~Up

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

A long week here! And I am mentally tapped. That is not always a bad thing, but I cannot lie, it pains me to say goodbye to the weekend. I have enjoyed catching up on Channel Zero and The Alienist. Some surprise book-mail has thrown my TBR for a loop. But I welcome the unexpected change of pace this month, and am still doing well with my reading challenge. Nothing of excitement to report, and I am “A” okay with that!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful mamas in the UK ❤ I hope you have had a lovely weekend!


It is always nice to receive an email from a favorite publisher letting you know they are sending along a title they feel you will enjoy! Not only do I love corresponding with Orbit, but admire & respect how personable they remain. So the new read is:

By Rowenna Miller



TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms for luck, love, and protection secures her a commission from the royal family itself — and the commission earns her the attentions of a dashing but entirely unattainable duke.

Meanwhile, Kristos rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement. Their worlds collide when the revolution’s shadow leader takes him hostage and demands that Sophie place a curse on the queen’s Midwinter costume — or Kristos will die at their hand.

As the proletariat uprising comes to a violent climax, Sophie is torn: between her brother and the community of her birth, and her lover and the life she’s striven to build.

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What I am Watching:

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When high school classmates wake up, they find themselves in a perilous situation — restrained in a large dining room. They want answers as to why somebody is holding them hostage, so they try to think of reasons why they are locked up and, more importantly, how they can escape. Fearing their situation is retribution for a past incident with a classmate, they offer up confessions and point blame in order to figure out who the captor is.

What I am Listening To:

My latest vinyl additions. Courtesy of nonhubs, his awesome friend and myself because I am worth it 😉

Alice in Chains – Dirt
NIN – Downward Spiral
Flower Travellin Band – Anwhere

What are you reading, watching or listening to this weekend? Any recommendations?


“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
~ Audrey Hepburn


Danielle ❤

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