Sunday Sum~Up

Sunday Sum-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!

Good afternoon/evening. I am running behind today, as I chose to nap this morning and did not draw a draft yesterday. It has been a productive week though and I managed 3 reviews which feels like a record lately! We finally watched It yesterday afternoon and I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. While it did not pack the fear factor I anticipated (CGI was a tad over the top), they did well with the story line and the cast was fantastic! I immediately came home and ate and then slid right back into bed to watch the original mini-series. Fun night!

I have this odd swelling of the eyelids occurring that is making reading a tad frustrating, so I will share a brief recap and then try to catch up and hop in just a bit after some rest and meds. I have a few reviews flagged that I cannot wait to read.

(New)Recent Reviews

29923707One Dark Throne

20643052Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)

maksofshadowsMask of Shadows

(New) Current Reads (1)

The Dark Days Club
By Alison Goodman


London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Emma in the Night

By Wendy Walker


From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

(New)Other Happenings

  • On Wednesday I finally took the plunge and updated BVT and announced the New Look. This includes the new logo and updating all social media platforms. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or feedback. It is a work in process that will be slow due to the limited screen time.
  • Thursday I was pleased to share an excerpt from Justine J Hemmestad’s Visions of a Dream on A Nice Brew & Something New.
  • Today I announced the winner of the Wink Poppy Midnight giveaway. A huge thank you for making this giveaway and review such a success! Congratulations  Megan @wanderingsofabookbird!
  • I also want to briefly share my enthusiasm that there will be a series of Black Mirror books released starting in February 2018! No idea how this news escaped me. Like many of you, I am a huge fan of the series. You can find more info on the first volume at Penguin Random House.

I hope you are all very well and enjoying what remains of your Sunday. I am personally pleased to sit back and sip my first pumpkin latte (no shame in my game), take in the cooler weather and recharge.

“Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.”

~Joseph Addison

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum~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!

What can I say about this past week? I could tell you that I spent 3 consecutive days in bed rolling in my own self pity, listening to audiobooks, demanding cake and binge watching episodes of Supernatural when the room was not spinning, but I won’t. That would be ridiculous and incriminating. So just assume I was preoccupied with some very important, top-secret task and that is why I was unable to post for most of the week 😉 Anyhow.. shall we?

(New)Recent Reviews

33155777Fierce Kingdom

35448358Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) Audiobook

(New) Current Reads (1)20643052
Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)

By Rachel Caine


In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

(New)Other Happenings

  • My giveaway for one copy of Wink Poppy Midnight is still going! It is open internationally to anyone that can receive Book Depository shipments. You can still enter here.
  • I had the pleasure of featuring an excerpt from Carolyn Ridder Aspenson’s upcoming title Unexpected Outcomes.
  • I made the decision to turn off commenting moderation. I am hoping I will not regret this. But as I find my time online limited, I realized that when I posted spotlights, etc. I was limiting the author’s feedback and interaction when not available to logon and approve comments. Fingers crossed!
  • I am finding that three to 4 posts a week seems to be an ideal schedule when health allows and so far it is working. The biggest downside to limited screen time now is how little blog hopping I accomplish.

It has been an odd week that somehow managed to be uneventful, yet tiring. I am not sure where the time has went. I hope that each of you find a moment to relax and enjoy a good book and cuppa!

“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.” 
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


Danielle ❤

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Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom
By Gin Phillips
Publisher: Viking
ISBN13: 9780735224278
Pages: 288
Genre: Thriller/Mystery


An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.

Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

(New) Thoughts

I am not going to lie, my relationship with Fierce Kingdom was one of love and hate. Ultimately though, my love for this short, fast paced thriller prevailed. In hindsight, the very reason I hated it defined why it worked so well. There simply was not enough, but in the best of ways.

“You cannot know a wild thing.” 

Fierce Kingdom is a story that dares to tackle the fiercest of all things, a mother’s love. It dives deep into the heart of the primal fear as it explores what happen’s when the life of Joan and her 4-year-old son is placed in jeopardy. Trapped within a zoo where terrorizing gunmen show no interest in taking hostages or leaving survivors, Joan must call on every ounce of her strength as a mother and person to ensure their survival.

While character and setting are limited, this story is anything but. Driven by fear and sheer will to survive we are continuously exposed the a variety of emotions. The combination of anxiety, motherly instinct, and determination create an atmospheric read that is drenched with tension and breath-holding moments. 

Spanning over a mere three hours, Phillips waste no time thrusting the reader into the action. Fierce Kingdom is a rare narration that manages to successfully capture the time frame of our protagonist’s ordeal within the span of the 288 pages. But do not be deceived. While it may take only a few hours to devour this suspenseful story, moments can feel like an eternity as we follow Joan through the dark zoo in search of safety.

The selection of an original setting ripe with potential dangers  that exist around every corner  ultimately carries Fierce Kingdom far.  The writing is crisp and immersing. There is just enough detail supplied to keep the readers senses engaged and heightened, but always a refraining approach that withholds just enough to fuel the suspense.

I did encounter a few challenges with Joan. She is not without flaws and made some decisions I found questionable. I had to step back occasionally and reevaluate the situation. I was left with several “what would I do” and “what ifs”. However, I also feel that a plot and character that can evoke and solicit these questions is a sign of solid writing.

Fans of fast paced, suspenseful reads that explore humanity and the difficult decisions made during extreme situations will not be able to put this down. Definitely a one sit read!


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Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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