Yours Truly, Cammie by SJ Sylvis

I received this advanced readers copy from the author for free. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Yours Truly, Cammie by SJ Sylvis. Cammie has one rule. DON’T EVER DATE A MARINE. Not maybe, not what if? No the rule is NEVER. After terrible family experiences, her father being a Marine and her brother, the rule is set. Her best friend is planning her wedding and Cammie is all to excited to help even if her best friends keeps sending her on horrible blind dates. And after a night at the Marine Corp ball and a hurricane blowing in, what better time to break a personal rule, even if it’s just for one night of ecstasy? But rule breaking leads to heartbreaking or does it?………This book had me laughing then crying and then laughing so hard I was crying. The author did a wonderful job weaving military life into real world scenarios that make you think, yep that’s exactly how that works sometimes and mixes it with humor and pranks that only a military brat could think of. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.comimg_20180715_191954_3401443705849.jpg

 

June Wrap Up

I am wrapping up June with 24 books read! I am glad to say Thank you summer for giving me my groove back! I struggled for a few months thinking I could get over 20…..maybe it’s the hot weather or more time or the kids are home, I can’t tell you but whatever it is, I will take it! Yay! My list includes Everless by Sara Holland, Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio, Mom Set Free by Jeannie Cunnion, Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman, The Fates Divided by Veronica Roth, No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong, Its Always The Husband by Michele Campbell, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor, Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The 3 Everyday Rules of Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill, Boying Up by Mayim Bialik, Lights Camera Cook and The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper, Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, A Million Junes by Emily Henry, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Thank you to all the book clubs I read with: @halflostbutterflyreadalong @saltwaterreads @blackheartreads @purewowbookclub @bookofthemonth @uppercasebookbox @25infive Modern Mrs. Darcy (@annebogel)and all the #buddyreads I pair up with @mycornerforbooksand and @kaylasteirwalt and to @kidlitexchange to make this one awesome month of reading! You can find all of my reviews on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Sinking by Sarah Armstrong-Garner

Over on Instagram I teamed up with @indie_blog_hop to help promote this book, because just look at it! MERMAIDS!!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!

Synopsis:

Jocelyn washes up on the shore of eighteenth century Ireland, alone, naked, and missing all of her memories. Taken in by a lonely old woman full of plots and schemes for the lovely enigmatic creature, Jocelyn knows one thing. She longs for the sea with every ounce of her being. Yet it tried to kill her.

Aidan Boyd loves two things. His ship and the sea. When Jocelyn is thrust upon his vessel in the midst of his superstitious crew, he finds himself intoxicated by her–willing to give up everything for her.

But something holds Jocelyn back. The whisper of another’s love. The embrace of water. Does she belong to this world? Or could Jocelyn possibly be from the sea?

So seriously, mermaids and 18th century Ireland, I must know more. Grabbing my copy on Amazon today!

My Life As An Album Series

Have you read The My Life As An Album Series yet? My Life As A Country Album and My Life As A Pop Album are both available for purchase on Amazon. Evans’ third book My Life As A Rock Album releases soon so grab your copies of these soon and get all caught up in time for her new release! I have reviews for all three books on my blog at readsbystacie.com (link in profile) so head over there and check those out! 🚨🚨🚨🚨Meanwhile, we are hosting a GIVEAWAY on Instagram head over to @borenbooks or @indie_blog_hop to enter.

While preparing for this blog tour and giveaway everyone got a chance to ask @ljevansbooks about her inspiration behind writing this series. In your book My Life As A Country Album Cam and Jake’s story is linked to Taylor Swift songs in every chapter, but were there other country songs that inspired their story as well? I am only asking because immediately into the book my first thought of Cam and Jake was Check Yes or No by George Straight or A Boy and A Girl Thing by Mo Pitney. And so if as a reader these were songs that popped into my head I thought while you were writing this book there must have been song overload for you. Her reply was amazing when she said: Thank you for the question. I love Boy & A Girl Think and Check Yes or No! They are such sweet growing up stories! Yes there were lots of other songs (country and other) that inspired the Jake and Cam’s story, some of them are because of the actual words, some are just because of that growing up together feel, and some are because of that nostalgic looking back feeling.One is referenced in the book, “Don’t Take the Girl” by Tim McGraw which of course doesn’t end up the same way, but still has that feel of growing up together and please don’t take the love of my life. But I also like “Damn You 17” and and “Good-bye Town” by Lady Antebellum which just makes you think of those early loves and how they impacted your heart in ways that still get to you today. I also love Two Steps Behind by Def Leppard for Jake and Cam because its like they’ll always be there supporting each other.

Guys this series is AMAZING! I have read all three and posted the five star reviews on my blog. Head over to Amazon grab your copies today. Here are my reviews!

I downloaded this book on my kindle because @theloudlibrarylady loved it and part of my New Years Resolution was to read more in this genre because I know it is my one weak area in reading. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Country Album by LJ Evans. Let me start by saying I dislike romance novels so to score a 5 for me in this genre says enough. This self published book has songs tied into it that relate to the story in the book and since I am a country music fan this made me feel better. I would not have classified this as a romance book but a book of love, loss, grief and rebuilding. As twenty year story of children three years apart that have no idea how to live without one another until fate hands them no other choice. Then support, love, understanding, and a great group of friends help rebuild Cami into a person she can be happy with again. Be ready to cry on more than one occasion and for oh so many reasons!

I purchased this book on Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Pop Album by L. J. Evans. After reading My Life As A Country Album, I was excited to know more! (See my previous review for details). In this book, we get to know Mia’s story of Jake and Cam and life after from her point of view. I was excited and intrigued. In the first book we only got glimpses of Mia as the little sister. Now Mia is all grown up and on her way to the biggest adventure of her life. She is going across the country spelunking with a gorgeous musician and his band. Despite the beautiful scenery she enjoys, she begins to understand life and love and happiness. She rescues a kitty, herself, and most of all Derek, (The sexy musician she refuses to fall in love with). On her journey, reality hits her hard and she runs scared but hoping for more. This book contains passionate scenes between two people that will leave you feeling in awe and satisfied with life all in one moment. It is not an over the top romance but still a romance indeed.

I received this ebook from the author to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Rock Album by L. J. Evans. Oh my, Evans has done it again, sucked me into a romance story I would swear I don’t like. But after reading Cam and Jake’s story and then Mia and Derek’s I couldn’t help but want to know PJ and Seth more. Poor, poor messed up bad boy Seth that you learn to hate in book 1 comes completely undone in this one while PJ rips a hole into himself and her from page 1. Seth’s million dollar career scares PJ into believing every time he does something for her its to buy her affection. But Seth being as broken as he is doesn’t know how to use words to explain how he feels so buying her things and protecting her is his way of saying I love you. And while PJ decides she must fix herself, Seth comes completely undone. I am not completely convinced I liked the letter format in this book, but I understand why it works, so I don’t hate it either. However, no matter how this story would have been written it’s hot and steamy and heartbreaking and healing in all the right places.

No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong

I won this book in an author giveaway. Thank you @hoangchitruong for this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong. Sue was an ordinary pumpkin on an ordinary farm in California until one day she awoke in the middle of a 100 year flood of the Sacramento River. This timid pumpkin learns strength and courage through a few adventures of helping others. I enjoyed that at the end of the book there are discussion questions that involve natural disasters where the devastation and recovery can be discussed with children who have been in this situation. Since we live in Texas and just last summer experienced a 500 year flood of the Brazos River it was amazing we could relate to this story and discuss some of the fears and anxieties that Sue must have felt too. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Nirvana by K. E. Radke

@indie_blog_hop #partner time for a new release tour! Nirvana by K. E. Radke.

Synopsis from Amazon:

For centuries the world has been Mateo’s prison, holding him hostage with immortality.

Danger only entices his body to shapeshift. He fearlessly walks on the thin line between life and death, challenging his abilities to keep him alive as he stalks his own demise. Each day haunts him with memories of a past he can’t escape. Each breath holds a future where he is the only survivor. Violent weather epidemics wreck havoc in his vicinity every time hate, agony, and rage slips through the cracks of his soul. The unexplainable connection is perilous for the innocent lives surrounding him as death pursues them. He scours the world to find someone strong enough to finally put him six feet under. Will he finally take his spot in the ground? Or will he take another’s life and watch as death escapes again.

I downloaded this book from Amazon Kindle Unlimited because I had read K. E. Radke’s book Entangled Collateral. All opinions are my own. After reading her first novel I couldn’t help but want to read more of her work. Nirvana did not disappoint! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟A fantasy unlike anything else I have read. Mateo is a shapeshifter and an immortal. His only wish is to live and die like a normal. He travels the world because he can not bear to stay in one place and watch the world go by. The story travels back and forth throughout his life allowing you to become involved with characters in his world. The characters are so easy to relate too and the dialouge is captivating. A great read! Keep them coming @k.e.radke I absolutely loved this one! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

This book was given to me by my bestie @mycornerforbooksand for Mother’s Day. I have wanted it for so long. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. This one is written differently. It is a true story of a true crime and how it effected more than just the two teens involved. While it has a horrid, scary story, Slater does a great job of providing facts, vocabulary words, and a way to help others navigate the complicated world we live in. Sasha, formerly Luke, was the victim of what was supposed to be a harmless prank by a high school boy, Richard. Richard and his friends get on the Bus and after laughing and cutting up decide to play a prank on the person asleep on the bus. Only it isn’t harmless and it’s wasn’t just any person. Richard finds himself alone in a complicated situation charged as an adult, while Sasha fights to exist the entire ordeal. And all of their family and friends try to understand why exactly this had to happen the way it did. Review also posted on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Social Affair by Britney King

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @blackheartreads in May. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Social Affair by Britney King. When this book first started I almost put it down about 40 pages in. I was confused the characters were all over the place and I couldn’t keep up but then all of a sudden it turns around and I’m able to understand. Then when the plot thickens I couldn’t help but be on the edge of my seat until the end. It will definitely make you think about your information on social media and just how much others are able to associate themselves into your world with information you have to them. It’s almost scary. If you get the chance to read this you will understand “the social affair” aspect from both the person posting and the person reading what’s posted. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Author Spotlight

Harsha Sheelam always had the passion for writing. In the year 2016, she practiced writing more extensively. This led to her recognition in newspapers, magazines, blogs, and digital content. She possesses versatility in writing stories, debatable topics, politics, social, fashion, entertainment, reviews, fashion and lifestyle. Today she is a children’ book author, she debuted in 2017 with the book ‘Beautiful Inside and Out’ which is a collection of short stories. She launched it with the aim of empowering young girls and boys. She has the dedication to her craft which makes the children believe that they are beautiful inside and out. Same year her juvenile fiction novel, ‘Good Exists in all that Exists’ released. As the title suggests, the book is based around the theme of ‘good overpowering the bad’. There is a hidden meaning for every action. The book does not fail to enhance the enchanted experience of the reader.

Beginning of a new year, in 2018 ‘The House of Terry Atterberry’ made it to book-selling portals. Terry’s tales champion hard work, perseverance, honesty and compassion. The riches that kids gain through this book are overcoming fear, not undermining people, understanding no one is perfect, knowing your true friends, and more. The book is a collection of 15 inspiring fables from the life of a fictional character.

Today, 3 books old, and anticipating more, this is Harsha Sheelam for you.

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Harsha Sheelam concentrates on the issues of today that young teenagers face, and tries to motivate the young children towards positivity. She chooses an unconventional way, quite different from the stories of yesteryears. Her fantasy tales empower young girls and boys to be strong, optimistic and confident. She believes that children have the inquisitiveness to learn more every day, and in the era where they are exposed to wide variety of media, books are the only way to sustain their innocence. She accepts that every person is beautiful inside and out and shouldn’t be put down by anyone who think otherwise.

“Beautiful Inside and Out” is a collection of 10 moral stories. As the title suggests, the stories make the children believe that they are unique and beautiful just the way they are. They do not need to change themselves according to the likeness of other people.

The fantasy stories teach them the importance of standing up for themselves. Each of the stories is based in fantasy lands, as magnificent as they can be, with hidden meanings behind every action of the protagonists which are revealed as the stories proceed. The book is assigned chronologically, with colorful illustrations which are attractive and eye-catchy. Beautiful Inside and Out is a complete children’s book with the genre–fantasy and fiction. Each story has a different lesson to teach. They are based on different subjects, like color discrimination, mannerisms, bullying, sharing, animosity, self-confidence, respecting parents, prejudice, religion, love, and simplicity. The stories remain very unconventional, modern, distinctive and groundbreaking, with characters ranging from kings, princes, princesses, town girls and boys.

The author’s style is both formal and informal. It closely connects to the intended audience with unabridged metaphors and picturesque imagery. The language of the author is not only understandable, but also provides more scope for young children to learn new words, phrases and meanings. The stories are convincing, and realistic. They do not seem fictitious and easily fit in today’s world.

The most impacting lines from the book are quoted as, “I understood that some things take time, but when we work towards it diligently, it’s unobstructed. Win it or lose it, don’t forget to try hard until you fetch it.”

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‘Good Exists in all that Exists’ is a fictional novel. As the title suggests the story talks about how good is more powerful than evil. This teenage and adult fantasy novel is based in a beautiful fantasy land. The story unfolds with the Austin family moving into the magnificent and huge Wintershore mansion. Claire Austin is the youngest member of the family after Pap, the pet Pekingese. She is a simple girl, but she does something courageous. One day, Claire finds a way to the other side of the world. Adventure, magic and mystery grab her attention and she unfolds a new journey. Harsha Sheelam is a contemporary author and brings a new story to life, with a strong lesson to teach to children and adults.

The story is about Claire’s journey to discovering Crystalice, an enchanted land, where the Kings and Queens of the five forces of nature reside. The story is about the obstacles, courage, magic, mystery, enchantment, and this spins out a fascinating tale. Claire is the chosen one to save Crystalice from the wrath of the one who can’t be named. Claire respects friendship. And, no matter what she never stops fighting evil. There is a fierce battle between good and evil. There are many questions that will be unfolded in the story. How did Claire find about the enchanted Crystalice? Who is the evil one? What is the story behind her wrath? How did Claire prove victorious? There is a hidden meaning for every action.

The book does not fail to enhance the enchanted experience of the reader. The reader will experience an ocean of emotions, happiness, sadness, amusement, trying to conquer the mind of the reader. The novel is spread over 10 chapters. It is written in simple and rich prose, it promises to take children and adults on a rich ride to Crystalice and Claire’s endeavors.

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The House of Terry Atterberry is at the corner of Street 25, in Green Orchid. Terry, who is the tiny protagonist, clad in blue clothes and polka dot socks paired with yellow shoes. The rosy- cheeked boy teaches children 15 real-life lessons in the book “The House of Terry Atterberry”. He lives along with his parents in a mushroom house. He is best friends with Bernie, Darby, Pratt, and Mini. Along with his friends, Terry learns new things at Borrow Dale School and in ‘The House of Terry Atterberry’.

The book has age-old and contemporary wisdom in a delicious form. At the end of every chapter, the reader understands the lesson learned. These morals equip the children for a better adulthood. The riches that kids gain by reading these tales is love, care, honesty, humanity, hard work, overcoming fear, not to be greedy, avoiding laziness, not undermining people, understanding no one is perfect, knowing true friends, and lots more. The author pens instructive and inspiring fables from a fictional character’s life which will help children to develop character as well as have a fun time reading. The stories of Terry Atterberry are a rich mine of moral literacy which aids to anchor children in our culture, values, and ideals.

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My Life As A Rock Album by L. J. Evans

I received this ebook from the author to read in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My Life As A Rock Album by L. J. Evans. Oh my, Evans has done it again, sucked me into a romance story I would swear I don’t like. But after reading Cam and Jake’s story and then Mia and Derek’s I couldn’t help but want to know PJ and Seth more. Poor, poor messed up bad boy Seth that you learn to hate in book 1 comes completely undone in this one while PJ rips a hole into himself and her from page 1. Seth’s million dollar career scares PJ into believing every time he does something for her its to buy her affection. But Seth being as broken as he is doesn’t know how to use words to explain how he feels so buying her things and protecting her is his way of saying I love you. And while PJ decides she must fix herself, Seth comes completely undone. I am not completely convinced I liked the letter format in this book, but I understand why it works, so I don’t hate it either. However, no matter how this story would have been written it’s hot and steamy and heartbreaking and healing in all the right places. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Library Thing, Go Read, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com