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Feature & Follow Friday 9/30

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The Feature and Follow, hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read, is the premium BLOG HOP of Book Bloggers. Running for over five years, the Feature and Follow’s goal is to promote the book blogging and author community to join together and support each other – even if it is just through a simple follow. The FF also promotes creative post options by offering interesting topics we can all talk about and comment on! Come join us.

This Week’s Question

Is there a book/series that everybody seems to love, but you can’t stand? Why?


Ruby Lee says…

Ruby_Lee 100I am a little afraid of the backlash that might come with some of my picks.  I am very picky about what I read and certain time periods or genres make me feel sad.  They might be great stories but if I feel sad reading them, they are a no for me.  The first series you might not believe – Harry Potter (by J.K. Rowling). I know everyone everywhere loves this series but at this point in my life, I really don’t.  I know this is probably missing the point, but being an orphan that is abused by the family you take it is really sad to me.  The second is The Dresden Files (by Jim Butcher). They just don’t speak to me. The third is the Outlander series (by Diana Gabaldon).  You know some people that get bad feelings walking into certain houses or buildings, I get bad feelings when I start reading some books and then I have to stop.  I can’t always say why I can’t keep reading, I just can’t.  That’s just the way I am built I guess.


Invested Ivana’s answer is…

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Just as I think Ruby Lee and Nell are both crazy for not liking their picks, Kat and Luna will think I’m crazy for not liking mine. I have not been able to get on board with the young adult genre as much as some adults have. I have tried to read a few, and like a couple, but overall, it’s just not my favorite. There is a lot of YA dystopian and post-apocalyptic, and those genres aren’t my favorite either. So that could be one reason I avoid it. I think the other is that many (not all) young adult protagonist whine a whole helluva lot. I am not interested in listening to a young adult, or an older one (*cough*Thomas Covenant*cough*), whine.


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Nervous Nellie says…

Book or series I hated?  Hate is a really strong word.  If I don’t like a book, I usually stop reading it and decide it really isn’t my thing.  It could be someone else’s, just not mine.

I guess the series that I just could not get into was Felix Castor by Mike Carey.  I tried both written and audio and I could not get the hang of it.  Ivana will be very displeased with me since she is a big Mike Carey fan, but *shrug* I just didn’t get it.

Since I put this little meme together, I get to elucidate my opinion about Ruby Lee disliking The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.  Really? Seriously?  What alien planet did you come from!?? 😉


Luna Lovebooks says…

Luna_Lovebooks_100I wouldn’t say I hated it but to be honest I didn’t really enjoy the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth as much as everyone else. My friends were raving about it – I saw readers of all ages with a copy in their hand, but to me it was  just an ok book. I could put it down and not feel bad if I didn’t get back to it for a few days. I’m not sure exactly what made me feel this way because I enjoyed many of the characters, the world was interesting, and the story flowed. Sometimes you can’t exactly pinpoint why a book doesn’t catch your interest as much as others – or at least I can’t. Maybe it’s a fairy thing?


Kat Mandu says…

Kat_Mandu_100I’ve never been a fan of the Twilight series. And not just because it became a huge fandom where we had things like “Team Jacob” and “Team Edward.” I was NOT fond of Bella or, really, any of the characters. Bella gives the YA characters a bad name for being compulsive, naive, and super whiny for the most part. Teenage crush? I get it. But do we really need to hear “He’s so pretty?” every page? Naw, I don’t think so.

I only read the first book and it was a struggle because I thought Bella was so stupid that if it were real life and she existed as a person, I’d probably hate her. Maybe even punch her in the face to knock some sense into her. Also, Cullen is overrated. I don’t need a possessive, overprotective, and frequently emotionally abusive vampire who sparkles to be my book boyfriend. In fact, Twilight kind of killed vampires for me to the point where I couldn’t even read vampire literature for quite some time. Overall, I just was not impressed with the story and didn’t see what the big deal was.

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Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

metaltownTitleMetaltown
AuthorKristen Simmons
Series: stand-alone
Publish Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionMetaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: I love this story! It is gritty and raw and in your face! Metaltown mirrors the industrial revolution in which children were considered disposable workers and often did the most dangerous jobs. Ty, Colin and the rest of the small parts division are these workers. They are beautifully written with differing personalities. But the most prominent character is Lena. She is forced to assess the way she was raised and change her opinions and beliefs.

Metaltown itself is an interesting setting. Divided into three districts that show the separation of class, we have Metaltown where the poor live, Bakerstown for middle class, and the River District where the wealthy reside. But no matter where the characters are, the world is at war and many are sick and starving.

badge4v4Dislikes: While the characters are beautifully written, most are one dimensional. There are some dull areas that you have to work through but if you can make it through those, you are rewarded with the action and horror of being a child laborer.

Overall this is a book that will have you rooting for the rebels and hoping for change. I give it 4 gears!

If you like this book…

If you haven’t already, I would check out Kristen Simmon’s other stand-alones such as Glass Arrow or Burned Away (a Metaltown short story) or her Article 5 series. You should also check out The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron and Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Nov. 2016).

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Night’s Child by Cate Tiernan

In the final Sweep book, we get to meet a Morgan quite a few years later—just as her world is crashing down around her again. Spoilers ahead though folks, be warned.

Nights ChildTitleNight’s Child
Author:  Cate Tiernan
SeriesSweep Book 15
Publish Date:  August 25, 2003
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Twenty years ago, Morgan Rowlands was the most powerful young bloodwitch to come around in generations – making magickal discoveries, facing and conquering unimaginable evil, and surviving a devastating betrayal. Her daughter, fifteen-year-old Moira, knows there’s more to her mother’s past than she’s been told. And the secrets that lie in Morgan’s heart could destroy Moira’s entire world. When Moira learns two painful truths about her family, she begins to put the puzzle together – and realizes that someone close to her is in grave danger.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

This book is smooth and easy to get through, with lots of different reasons to keep reading in a hungry fashion. It ties everything together nicely and is written in a way that, when people who haven’t read the first fourteen books read it, they can easily catch up and still understand what’s going on. It’s definitely an incentive to read the prequels as well though.

Told by both Morgan and her young daughter, Moira, it’s a very different world than the one Morgan once knew. They live in a new town, Morgan’s become quite the powerful healer, and Moira is raised a witch and has some cool powers too.

I found myself flying through the book simply so that I would know if Hunter was really alive after that prologue. I didn’t realize how much I loved his character until he wasn’t there. That frustration pretty much drove me through the whole book.

And Killian – how ironic of him to show up out of nowhere and drop a bombshell on the family. I adore his tactics. I wish he would have been in the storyline a lot more than he actually was, but he was the catalyst to the important aspects of the rest of the plot.

So much drama. I liked that when it is Moira’s point of view, she isn’t such a baby like Alisa was. She is emotional, but it is more of a focused angst, intense like Hunter’s brooding moods. And poor Morgan. Been through hell and back, but still badass and drinking Diet Coke. I love it.

badge4v4A good end to a wonderfully magickal series. So if you like your magic with a bit of contemporary situations, cool action scenes, and lots of drama, you’ll love this series. I know I’ve liked it since I was a teenager in high school and still enjoy it now.

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Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  This meme has participating book bloggers everywhere, so if you are looking for that new read maybe you’ll find it here.

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Kat Mandu is waiting on…

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(YA) – This is the third book in the Snow Like Ashes series and it comes out September 20th. I can’t wait to get my fingers on it, however, I won’t even be able to really read it until December when my high fantasy read-along begins! Oh, the things I do to myself for books.

Title: Frost Like Nightfrost-like-night
Author: Sara Raasch
To Be Published:  September 20, 2016

Description: Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.


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legacy-of-the-demonTitle: Legacy of the Demon
Series:  Kara Gillian #8
Author: Diana Rowland
To Be Published: October 4, 2016

Description: Sidelined demon summoner Kara Gillian has her hands full when dimensional rifts allow demons to cause widespread panic and destruction on Earth. These aren’t the human-tolerant summonables she’s known before, but demons from the far reaches of the demon realm.

Add three demonic lords with conflicting ambitions to the mix, and Kara has the perfect recipe for global disaster.


Invested Ivana is waiting on…

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I’ve loved this series since it first started, particularly in audio format.  The contrast between the protagonist’s innocent voice and the horrible things happening in the world she inhabits is very interesting.  And the narrator is fantastic.  The last book introduced a new potential threat and I’m very curious to see how that will play out.  But, alas, I won’t find out until next March!

Title: Etched in Boneetched-in-bone
Author:  Anne Bishop
Series:
The Others #5
To Be Published:
March 7, 2017

Description: After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave .


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Luna Lovebooks is waiting on…

I am eagerly awaiting the December release of A Pocket Full of Tinder, book 4 of the Noon Onyx series by Jill Archer. I recently read Dark Light of Day for review and fell in love with Archer! I am currently working on reading the second book Fiery Edge of Steel. I love the world and look forward to Noon growing and becoming more comfortable with herself and her powers throughout the series. Plus fierce demons and angelic spell casters are always a plus!

pocket-full-of-tinderTitle: A Pocket Full of Tinder
Author: Jill Archer
Series: 
Noon Onyx series
To Be Published: December 2016

Description:  Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she’s done it all – mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived having her heart broken by both love and an arrow, but now she’ll face her greatest challenge yet…Far to the north lies an outpost famous for its unrest – Rockthorn Gorge. The town’s patron has specifically requested Noon’s help. Her assignment? Help the neophyte demon lord build his fiefdom and keep what’s his. The problem? Lord Aristos – Noon’s new employer – is her erstwhile lover, Ari Carmine, the aforementioned heart breaker. And the number one thing he wants is her.

When Rockthorn Gorge’s viaduct is destroyed by Displodo, an enigmatic bomber, killing a dozen settlers and wounding scores more, Noon sets off early to aid in the search and rescue. Ari is listed among the missing and the suspects are legion. But Noon’s search is just the beginning. Her journey forces Noon to confront not only those she loves, but also enemies hell-bent on destroying them.

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The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah M. Eden

Can a woman handle being a sheriff in the wild west? Leave it to Paisley Bell – she’ll show you how it’s done.

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sheriffs of Savage WellsTitle: The Sheriffs of Savage Wells
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Publish Date: September 27, 2016
Genre: Romance, Proper, Historical Old West
Source: Shadow Mountain publishers at Book Expo of America in Chicago

Publisher’s Description: He’s the most fearsome sheriff in the West. A force to be reckoned with. The stuff of legend.

So is she. . . . May the best sheriff win.

Paisley Bell knows the eccentric people of Savage Wells. From the absentminded shopkeeper who always thinks she’s been robbed to the young man who has returned shell-shocked from the war, Paisley has compassion for them all. When the sheriff up and leaves town, Paisley steps up and assumes the responsibility, partly because she loves the work, but also because she needs the income to take care of her sick father. So when the town council decides that the position of sheriff should really go to a man, Paisley finds herself fighting to prove that she’s the perfect candidate for the job, even though she wears a skirt.

Cade O’Brien is heartily sick of shooting people. In his many years as a lawman, Cade has seen his share of blood and violence. So when he answers an advertisement for a sheriff job in the sleepy town of Savage Wells, he believes he’s found the peace and quiet he’s always desired. But when he discovers that his biggest competition for the job is a woman, he begins to question his decisions.

Tension between the two begins to sizzle when both Cade and Paisley realize the attraction they have for each other, but when Paisley’s former beau shows up in town, along with a band of bank robbers, the blossoming relationship between the two sheriffs is tested. They will have to work together to thwart the bank robbers and keep the town safe.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS).


Nervous Nellie says…Nervous_Nellie_100

This is a proper romance which means no sex, no blood and gore and a HEA. There is no cliffhanger and I’m hoping like crazy it will become a series.

As I was walking through BEA this spring, this cover caught my attention.  At the time, I didn’t know what “proper” romance meant.  All it means is that it’s not erotica nor laced with religious connotations. I talked to the publisher and though they were plugging “proper” romances, they weren’t plugging any book in particular. While the cover attracted me to this book, the informative sell is what attracted me to Shadow Mountain.

This story was very easy reading romance. If you were looking for something to settle in with and feel good about, this is what you should pick up.

badge4v4Paisley wants to help people and the only thing she feels she’s good at is being a lawman.  She’s quite brilliant at it but as we all know, that time in the wild west was not known for giving women a chance at careers that did not include wife and mother.  It also was not a time that men were nearly so open minded about women having a career.

This incredible story led me through Paisley’s trials and tribulations and finally, she got credit for all her hard work.  I know I shouldn’t look for credit, but it’s always nice to see when someone works so hard at something and gets noticed for it.

I enjoyed this book.  It was one of those that I picked up and had a very hard time putting it down.  It wasn’t so much action and adventure, it was more like I found a kindred soul in Paisley Bell.

 

If you like this book…

…you might try any books written by Sarah M. Eden

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.