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Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige E-Arc Review

Published Date: April 2, 2019

Publisher: DC Ink

Stars: 4 out 5

Synopsis:


Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps on land as well as her first steps ad a hero or villian, forcing her to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown, that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne, Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?


Review:

***Recieved this e-Arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Growing up as kid, I knew about Aquaman but not mention about Mera, so I was interested in reading the graphic novel about her and Aquaman origins. I was excited to get the opportunity from the publisher to read and review the story.

First I have to say that the artwork in graphic novel was stunning. The look of pages made it easy to read and follow along with the story.

The graphic novel did give a good backstory of Mera and told her story on why she wanted to be seen as a strong warrior and independent person that would be worthy to rule the kingdom when the time came. She wanted to prove that she could and was as strong warrior like her mother was. Also she wanted to prove to her father that he could depend on her to take the lead and action when call upon and she didn’t need to depend upon anyone. Her character was intriguing, very immature and headstrong, but she also show a softer side who was concern on making the right decision.

I do have a couple complaints about the story.

First, there wasn’t any backstory on why the Xebel and Atlantis were at war with each other and there were the no explanation on why it all happened. It would have been nice to have brief backstory on why killing Authur was important.

Second, I did not enjoy the instalove. I don’t believe it was necessary for Mera and Authur to fall in love in such a short time period. I think the story could have just had them become friends who need to get to know and understand each before it led into instalove.

Overall, I gave the graphic novel 4 out 5 stars.

If you read the graphic novel, what did you think of it? What did you like or dislike about it?

Blog Tour

Blog Tour for When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

Book Aesthetic & Giveaway: When Summer Ends

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to my stop on the second day of the When Summer Ends blog tour! I am excited to be able to participate in When Summer End blog tour and being part of the street team. It is giving me the opportunity to share my excitement over this great book. Honestly, I am not a reader of contemporary books but this book and Jessica’s writing made me rethink my opinion on contemporaries. I gave When Summer Ends a 5-star rating!

This book is full of adventure, writing, art, making changes, and friendship becoming love. The novel is told in two POV (Olivia and Aiden), I created an aesthetic inspired by Olivia and Aiden.

Checkout my review here: Goodreads

About the Book:

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Release Date: April 9, 2019

Published By: Tor Teen/Macmillan

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound, Book Depository

Synopsis:

Two teenagers discover how an unexpected turn of fate can bring new love to heal old wounds in Jessica Pennington’s stunning, romantic YA novel When Summer Ends. Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he’s losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she’s starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decided to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies.

About the Author

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Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten – when she sought publication for her poem about a tree – Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. A serial entrepreneur with a B.A. in public relations, Jessica has a passion for grassroots marketing. She lives in Michigan beach town, where she owns more YA novels than many teens and spends most of her time on a laptop, rather than on a beach.

Reach her at: Website, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Spotify

Giveaway Time!

Two winners will receive finished copies of When Summer Ends (signed by Jessica with swag included)

Enter Here: Giveaway!

When Summer Ends Blog Tour Schedule

April 1st

The Heart of a Book Blogger – Interview

Mel and Her Books – Review

April 2nd

The Candid Cover – Review

Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Aesthetic

April 3rd

Book Crushin’ – Creative Post

Buried in a Bookshelf – Video Interview

April 4th

Laura’s Bookish Corner – Dream Cast

Blunt Book Blog – Review

April 5th

Confession of a YA Reader – Interview

Lala’s Book Reviews – Excerpt

April 6th

Ashleigh’s Bookshelf – Review

April 7th

The YA Book Traveler – Aesthetic

April 8th

The Clever Reader – Favorite Quotes

TBR and Beyond – Interview

April 9th

Smada’s Book Smack – Playlist

Belle’s Archive – Review

April 10th

Andi’s ABC – Guest Post

Travel, Books, and More…Oh My! – Dream Cast

April 11th

Book Loaner – Review

April 12th

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Interview

Bookishly Slytherclaw – Review

Please check out the rest of the blog tour and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly TBR

April 2019 TBR

Hello Everyone!

It is April and below is my TBR for the month. I am hoping to read most of these books and if not then I will roll over the ones that I did not finish into May TBR. I am doing several challenges this month. I am doing Reading Rivalry challenge, the theme for April is Jokesters & Tricksters! Sounds like lots fun, should check out the Reading Rivalry Facebook group if you are interested in fun reading challenges!

Another reading challenge I am doing is Dark Fantasy Match game by TBR & Beyond Book Club (check link if you want to join in the fun).

This month’s game is different. You MUST pick TWO cards to make a match (any two cards) and find a book with BOTH those themes in them and, of course, read the book. That will give you a match! I am excited for this challenge, I love dark fantasy books and I know this will definitely get me out of my reading slump. TBETTDark Fantasy Challenge

My April TBR cart for both challenges!

What is on your TBR for the month? Are you reading any good dark fantasy that you would recommend?

Happy reading!

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March 2019 Wrap Up & Book Haul

Hello! Well it has been awhile since I posted on here…sorry life sort of gotten in the way of me blogging regularly. But I am going to do better in posting and have setup a schedule to make sure I meet my posting goals.

March Reading Wrap-Up

For the last two months, I have been in a reading slump. In February, I only read 2 books and then this month I read 4 books. I am hoping that April will be a better reading month.

But my readinf slump didn’t stop me from buying books. My March book haul. Sort went a little crazy with buying last month…I guess I was making up for not buying a lot in February. I blame Book Outlet and B&N for having good sales.

Did you meet your March reading goals? How do you get out of a reading slump? Did you buy any books in March? Which ones did you get?

JoAnne

Monthly TBR

February 2019 TBR

It’s a new month, means gathering up books for TBR for February and putting them into my TBR cart. Unfortunately, I did not meet my reading goal for January but I am going to try to do better this month .

This month I decided to participate in some reading challenges with my participating in the group reads in TBR and Beyond Book Club.

Challenges I am doing this month are:

The first challenge is from Reading Rivalry called Iconic Couples (this is the first time I am doing this challenge). The following are the criteria for the challenge:

  • Author Highlight (Colleen Hoover, Jay Kristoff, Sabaa Tahir)
  • Love Triangle
  • Book that you think should be a movie
  • Book featuring a person of color
  • A Satire
  • A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
  • A Red/Pink spine
  • A book inspired by Asian mythology, legend, or folklore
  • A book you wouldn’t normally pickup

A book set in High School

I have chosen the books for this challenge and they are on my cart.

The second challenge is from TBR and Beyond Book Club is the monthly challenge called When Royalty Comes To Play. February - When Royalty Comes To Play

I chosen two ropes this time around, I chose the Snow Queen and Faerie Queen.

The books I chosen for Snow Queen rope:

And the books I chosen for Faerie Queen rope:

Also, I had one of the admins from TBR and Beyond Book Club to pick out two books to be included into my February TBR. I am going to be reading following:

The TBR and Beyond Group reads that I am participating in this month are The Gilded Wolves and White Stag.

That is it! I am hoping that I will get all of these read this month, majority of them are being used in both challenges this month so I should be able to get some of the completed.

Are any of these books on your February TBR? Are you doing any reading challenges to help reach your reading goal for the month? I would love to hear what your reading plans are for this month.

JoAnne

 

 

Book Hauls

Final January Book Haul

January has been an interesting month for me when it came to buying books. I think I have a serious problem when buying books but I can’t wait to get these beauties onto my TBR this year.

This photo doesn’t include rhe the audible books that I purchased or the three books I ordered this ween from Barnes and Noble (going to include those in my February haul).

I decided that I am going to try to not buy any books in February (let’s see).

#bookhauls #bookaddiction #booklife

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Teri Bailey Black Interview – Author of Girl at the Grave

Check out the Q&A with Teri Bailey Black on Girl at the Grave.

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Teri Bailey Black, author of Girl at the Grave

The TBR and Beyond Facebook group did a group read of Girl at the Grave back in October. It went fantastic and everyone seemed to really enjoy this Gothic romance/historical fiction. We asked Teri to answer some questions for the group and blog. There are spoiler questions at the bottom that were asked by various members in the group – the spoiler section is well marked, so you can avoid it if you haven’t read the book yet.

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