Sunday Sum~Up

 

SundaySum-Up
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!

This will probably be my last Sunday Sum~Up until the New Year. I have an upcoming blog break planned to begin on December 22nd. Our son will be leaving right after Christmas for several weeks, so the plan is to take some much-needed time and dedicate it to family and rest (when not working). It has been a great year, but not without challenges. I am a tad exhausted and still combating symptoms as we prep to celebrate. So I believe a small break is a good call at this point, as many of us will be incredibly busy over the next two weeks.

I did have a very satisfying week that included a trip into the actual office. It was fantastic to see my amazing coworkers and catch up. I have a wonderful job ❤ I am looking forward to not having to send the kids off to school for a bit 😉 The blog was fairly busy. And I was able to hop a little. I will be making more rounds today as able.

Oh and we worked on The Walking Gingerdead.. bahaha. Was tons of fun! Admittedly we have a morbid sense of humor and love TWD in this house.

 


(New)Recent Reviews

34189556The Wife Between Us

dreamQuest of the Dreamwalker (audiobook)


(New) Current Reads (1)

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The Shadow Girl
By Misty Mount

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Synopsis:

It’s more than just her imagination—she’s fading away…

Painfully shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia Moss is no stranger to living life in the shadows, pushed aside and unnoticed by both her large family of nine and her fellow classmates. As her “symptoms” of invisibility increase, she uncovers an old family mystery leading to her Great-Aunt Angelica, who vanished curiously at Zylia’s age. If she’s going to save herself from being erased from the canvas of this world, she’ll have to travel far outside her comfort zone—maybe even to another dimension.


(New)Other HappeningsIt was a good week on the blog that ended with two reviews and three posts.

What I am watching this week:

Netflix Original: The Break (La trêve )thebreak.jpg

This Belgian crime drama begins with a suspected suicide and the mysterious details surrounding a young man’s death. It is too early to speculate, but there is a lot happening at only 3 episodes in. I am hooked!

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I was also unable to find an English subtitled trailer. But it is shaping up with promise 😉


I think that covers it for this week. Happiest of holidays to those who will be celebrating and a beautiful week to you all! I am looking forward to 2018 with each of you! Thank you for being here.

 

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Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Quest of the Dreamwalker (Corthan Legacy Book 1) by Stacy Bennett

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Quest of the Dreamwalker (Corthan Legacy Book 1)
By Stacy Bennett
Narrated by Zachary Johnson
Publisher: Miramae Press
Format: Audible Audio
Unabridged:  14 hrs and 48 mins
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis:

A perfect captive, Cara didn’t know her will had been stolen until she escapes with borrowed courage.

Cloistered in the Black Keep with only her father for company, Cara is an unwitting prisoner bound by chains of ignorance and lies rather than iron–until she meets a captured mercenary in her father’s dungeon. He kindles within her a spark of compassion she never knew she had and lends her an unfamiliar strength. But, the mercenary is slated to die, sacrificed to her father’s magic like all the others. Only this time, Cara can’t turn a blind eye. Unable to endure her father’s cruelty any longer, she vows to help the mercenary escape.

Now, as they flee to a world she’s only dreamed of, she finds defiance has a steep price. Her very existence endangers everyone she has come to care about. Who is she that her father refuses to let her go? To uncover the secret of her past, she must unravel the mystery of her dreams and claim the heritage of her own magical blood—before her father claims her as the last sacrifice.


(New) ThoughtsWow! Well this was my bombshell for 2017. I admit I went in with an open mind but not expecting a whole lot. I could not have been more wrong.

 Side note: Please excuse any misspelling of names. This is an audiobook review. I made every effort to research proper spellings at the time this was written.

Cara is shackled to the Black Keep by the lies of her father, the sorcerer Sidonius. An unwilling pawn in his quest to achieve immortality, she lives a bleak existence of solitude. That is until freedom and friendship present themselves in the unlikely form of two of her father’s captives, mercenaries Captain Khoury and Archer. Through them, Cara finds not only the strength to escape but the means to set on a journey to discover the truth of her past and the power that lies within her own blood. But her adventure does not come without cost. Can Cara stop her father and avoid becoming his final sacrifice?

Quest of the Dreamwalker is a character driven, epic fantasy, backed by an incredible plot. Cara begins the story as a young girl who has been manipulated and used repetitively. She is meek and helpless. Lost. Through the unlikely guidance and support of Khoury and Archer, she evolves into someone complex and driven but not perfect or without weaknesses. The author brings together an unexpected ensemble that provides a dynamic and ever-changing setting, playing effortlessly on feelings of loss, fear, love and courage as we follow Cara and her companions on their quest. I found myself admiring and appreciating various aspects of each new encounter.

A rich plotline offers a story full teeming with depth that supports continual growth. While world building unfolds slowly, it is in a rewarding manner that fosters a viable setting that feels almost familiar and tangible. This is an adventure based on exploration.  Exploration of characters and exploration of the land. Each scene is a moment to be relished as we are immersed within their quest. Packed with exploits and action, this is a fast paced read (listen) that is difficult to put down (turn off).

The writing is even and well-balanced, implementing multiple elements that play on varying emotions with incredible ease. Stacy Bennett ensures that the readers establishes an early connection with characters and maintains that throughout. Her writing feels comfortable and natural, but not without the necessary punch.

Initially, I experienced some concern in terms of audio narration. It felt strange to place Zachary Johnson’s narration with our main protagonist Cara. But he won me over after a few chapters. I soon realized he has a special knack for story telling. He lent an air of enthusiasm and emotion that managed to carry Quest of the Dreamwalker with great proficiency.

The final result was a high fantasy story that examines life and self discovery in a very gratifying fashion, offering endless entertainment along the way. I cannot recommend this enough to anyone who enjoys character driven titles or fantasy.

*I would like to thank the publisher and Audiobook Jukebox for this copy. The above review is my own, honest and unbiased opinion.

Untitled design Enjoyed over several cups of black tea spiced with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg.

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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!

Another busy week has come to an end. And while we hit a few bumps, I still managed to accomplish almost everything I set out to do this week and finish a few books! So I am pretty pleased with that! Not a lot has changed here on the homestead aside from continuing to prep for the upcoming holiday. I am happy to say that we are probably 80% done. This has to be a record. My only complaint would be that my WP does not seem to be snowing like others.. so I might take a moment to pout about this ❄️ I chose to add my own snow(man) by updating the header for this post, because I am a problem solver 😉


(New)Recent Reviews

36678713My Sweet Friend

33980858Muriel Avenue Sluts


(New) Current Reads (1)

Okay, so totally deviating from the traditional holiday read here, but I am particularly interested in reading more translated work, and this captured my eye on Kindle this week.

6993104There Once Lived A Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales
By Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Translated by:  Keith Gessen, Anna Summers

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Synopsis:

Vanishings and apparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions haunt these stories by the Russian master Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, heir to the spellbinding tradition of Gogol and Poe. Blending the miraculous with the macabre, and leavened by a mischievous gallows humor, these bewitching tales are like nothing being written in Russia-or anywhere else in the world-today.


(New)Other Happenings

  • Tuesday I shared a wonderful interview with Tiffany McDaniel, the author of The Summer That Melted Everything. This was a particularly personal experience for me, as I discovered the book setting was based on the county I grew up in. Corresponding with Tiffany has been incredible! You can read the review here if interested.
  • Wednesday I was thrilled to participate in a blitz with Rockstar Book Tours to celebrate the release of Ever the Brave. I was also able to interview the author, Erin Summerill not too long ago and am a huge fan of the first book in the series, Ever the Hunted. The giveaway is for this blitz is open until 12/12/17 (US only – sorry). You can check out the details here.
  • Friday was another Confessions of a Tea Sippin’ Blogger post that talked about my year as a blogger in 2017.

What I am listening to:

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I am still currently finishing up Quest of the Dreamwalker by Stacy Bennett and have to admit I am really enjoying it. But clocking in at nearly 15 hours, it is taking me some time to complete.

Review soon though!

What I am watching this week:

Netflix Original: Dark
Cast: Oliver MasucciKaroline EichhornJördis Triebel
The run down – This German set series follows the disappearance of two young boys that slowly reveals the tangled connection between four separate families amidst dark mystery. It also offers a hefty dose of the supernatural, and an incredible opening sequence.


 

There you have it. Looking back, I am certainly in the holiday spirit but seem to be enjoying a nice dose of the darker elements in films and books at the moment. What are your current reads or watches? Any recommendations?

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Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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