Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Flashfall

"Waiting on" Wednesday, or WOW, is a meme created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Join in the discussion to see what upcoming releases we're currently buzzing about.

My process of choosing a book to read pretty much involves staring at the cover, envisioning what the story might be about (based on the cover), checking out the author, reading the description, then finally, staring at the cover some more.

As you see, I'm all about the covers! And this week's cover makes me feel like I'm on the verge of discovering something fantastic, a novel that I can dive into and get lost. I love science fiction/fantasy themes and this sounds ah-mazing!

Here's this week's pick:

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer releases November 15, 2016 from Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Live Long and Prosper, Star Trek (Review)

A bold new chapter for STAR TREK begins here, in an all-new series that shows you what life is like for cadets at the galaxy's greatest school! Witness the student days of the iconic cast before they joined the Enterprise! Plus, meet an all-new group of students as they embark on bold new adventures of their own! The first new characters in the STAR TREK movie universe make their mark here.
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Vol 1
Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott (Authors)
Derek Charm (Illustrator)
Pub. Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure

This latest portrayal of original Star Trek characters is marvelous. I absolutely loved every second of it. What Trekkie could pick up this fun comic book and not love it?

The Starfleet Academy storyline is interesting as it flashes back and forth between the years 2258 and 2261. At the center, feisty Cadet Nyota Uhura is chasing down answers to the mysterious transmission she stumbles upon and a surviving member of the Vulcan race is wrestling the logical decision to leave Starfleet Academy, and make a life on New Vulcan, or continue her studies. I didn’t know what to expect when I chose this story to review, but I was hoping it would fall right in line with what I know of the Star Trek universe. I’m pleased to say that Mike Johnson did this story justice. Even the introduction of a new set of characters felt as natural as if they have always been apart of this world. The illustrations were also spot on in the depiction of the actors, though at certain angles they took a life of their own. It was like looking at the real Chris Pine or Zoe Saldana without all of their genuine facial expressions. So the characters looked familiar but also new.

I’m actually quite surprised that Kirk didn’t play a larger role, but I did enjoy the two female leads. Uhura and T’Laan could not have been more different in terms of personality and physical characteristics, nonetheless they were both amazing characters. Both characters displayed qualities that any young female would look to emulate, making this a read for the younger crowd as well. I couldn’t say what the next installment will bring, but I’m hoping its just as full of mischief and mystery as Starfleet Academy. If you were ever curious about what the characters of the original Star Trek series were like during their academy years, then this is the story for you!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

One Novel for All Hopeless Romantics: One Size Fits All (Review + Giveaway)

In this saucy, sexy romp—third in the Classy 'n' Sassy series—a lingerie shop marketing director is ready to get back in the dating game after divorcing her cheating ex-husband. Will she finally find her one and only this time around?

Penny used to love working at Classy 'n' Sassy Lingerie shop as the marketing director for her best friends Bryn and Mia, but lately, hearing stories of love and passion from customers is grating on her nerves since she’s been unlucky in the love department and is still recovering from her messy divorce. Determined to get back out there and have a little fun, Penny wants to start looking for the man who will truly be the love of her life, but the hunky bouncer at her favorite bar keeps catching her eye...

As a football coach and bouncer at the local watering hole, Thor’s always had pretty good luck with women. But he’s tired of that life, and wants to find that “something” that's been missing in all of his past relationships. And there’s no way a bar is the place to meet that special someone, right? Although lately, when Bryn and Mia and their newly-single, hot-as-sin, classy, and sassy friend Penny stop by for drinks, he’s been thinking maybe the bar is exactly the right place to be…

Written with Stephanie Haefner’s signature sexy wit, One Size Fits All is a perfect laugh-out-loud love story.

One Size Fits All
Stephanie Haefner
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Romance

One Size Fits All is the novel romance readers cannot miss. The third in Stephanie Haefner’s Classy ’n’ Sassy series is the perfect cheesy romance to melt over this summer. Fans of Stephanie Haefner will rejoice at having more sass, while newbies will be happy to effortlessly join in the fun!

Penny is a newly divorced marketing guru struggling to find independence after the end of her 5-year marriage and lavish lifestyle. All she has is her best friends, and bosses at the Classy ’n’ Sassy lingerie store, and her feisty dog, Scarlett. Suddenly, her insecurities and fears catch up with her and wreak havoc on her journey to a happy life. She strives to balance work, friendship, and a spicy new romance with bouncer and gym teacher, Thor.

Being new to Stephanie Haefner’s writing and this series, I have to mention that I didn’t feel lost reading this story even knowing that it was the third installment. It’s effortless to jump in and immediately connect to Penny. Among her financial and marital troubles she tries really hard to keep looking forward and when the worst happens she steps up to the plate. Haefner has crafted a very real character with real drama that doesn’t only happen in the pages of our favorite stories. I have to give props for the romance too. It manages to come across as fun, cheesy, spicy, adorable, and emotional while not being over the top or flimsy. It’s like a pick me up novel that takes your own emotions left and right before making you feel more optimistic about love and friendship.

It’s the perfect quick story to kick off this summer and one not to be overlooked! Take One Size Fits All for a spin and find that it fits perfectly among your favorite romance reads.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Gertie's Leap to Greatness

"Waiting on" Wednesday, or WOW, is a meme created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Join in the discussion to see what upcoming releases we're currently buzzing about.

Lovey Dovey Books caters to all ages. Although, I don't review middle grade books very much every once in a while one comes along to catch my eye. According to Entertainment Weekly, to read this novel is to "meet the new Ramona Quimby" and I loved that series growing up! Without further ado...

Here's this week's pick:

For fans of Three Times Lucky and The Penderwicks, this endearing new classic spins together sparkling humor, sizzle-pop writing, and a sassy main character with an unforgettable voice.

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie sets out on her greatest mission yet: becoming the best fifth grader in the universe to show her mother exactly what she'll be leaving behind. There's just one problem: Seat-stealing new girl Mary Sue Spivey wants to be the best fifth grader, too. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.

From debut author Kate Beasley, and with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Jillian Tamaki, comes a classic tale of hope and homecoming that will empty your heart, then fill it back up again--one laugh at a time.

Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley releases October 4, 2016 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Monday, June 20, 2016

White Sand, The Brilliant First Volume in Brandon Sanderson's Never Before Published New Series (Review)

A brand new saga of magic and adventure by #1 New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson.

On the planet of Taldain, the legendary Sand Masters harness arcane powers to manipulate sand in spectacular ways. But when they are slaughtered in a sinister conspiracy, the weakest of their number, Kenton, believes himself to be the only survivor. With enemies closing in on all sides, Kenton forges an unlikely partnership with Khriss -- a mysterious Darksider who hides secrets of her own.

White Sand brings to life a crucial, unpublished part of Brandon Sanderson’s sprawling Cosmere universe. The story has been adapted by Rik Hoskin (Mercy Thompson), with art by Julius Gopez and colors by Ross Campbell. Employing powerful imagery and Sanderson’s celebrated approach to magical systems, White Sand is a spectacular new saga for lovers of fantasy and adventure.

White Sand
Brandon Sanderson (Author)
Rik Hoskin (Adapter)
Julius Gopez/Ross Cambell (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: July 5, 2016
Dynamite Entertainment
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

White Sand is the brilliant first volume in Brandon Sanderson’s new graphic novel series. Page after page is filled with a colorful adventure just waiting to grab you by the hand and pull you in further. This is definitely the way to get familiarized with Sanderson.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this story, but I must say that having no expectations made discovering this world like taking in a breath of fresh air. The story begins with Daysider Kenton, a sand acolent striving to prove that, though little of power he may be, he can still take hold of the high rank Mastrell. Though Kenton starts on a path he believes will gain his father’s respect, the path twists when the Diem is attacked and he assumes the most powerful rank in his profession.

How such a complex world has been exquisitely depicted in this format is beyond me, but I’m no less happy for it. The universe is diverse, grand, and most of all unique. The characters are witty and real and introduced in a way that doesn’t feel like a bombardment. The building of Kenton’s world unfurls at an easy pace. Every scene emphasizes the connections throughout the plot and how the lines are being drawn between one side and another. The execution of this tale is well done and precisely what a true fan of fantasy and adventure would be looking for. There's just enough intrigue to draw readers in, determined to get to the bottom of whatever plot is afoot.

White Sand sets the stage for the rest of the series, but by the end you’ll be eagerly anticipating the next volume. This high impact beginning will dazzle and impress you while making a home in your memory. No, White Sand will not quickly be forgotten!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Love, Volume 3 is the Circle of Life in Color (Review)

The third volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.

Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this volume focuses on a solitary Lion as it wanders the plains of Africa, handling the daily hunt, and vicious rivalry, without a Pride of its own. The circle of Life takes center stage in a world where predator and prey trade places on a regular basis, and Family is something worth fighting -- and dying -- for. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. 

A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love.
Love: The Lion
Frederic Brremaud (Author)
Federico Bertolucci (Illustrator)
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Magnetic Press
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel

Part three of the Love series, which takes readers into the interactions of predator and prey, The Lion is graced with beautiful depictions of the circle of life.

The illustrations are amazing and really designed to keep the eye focused on the story. So much is captured in the drawings that no words are necessary to explain the trials and triumphs of the lion. It is definitely a quick read with a flowing sequence of events. I really felt as though I was watching a real-time portrayal of African wildlife. 

I recommend The Lion for those who feel they’re too mature for The Lion King, but want to experience a day in the life of lions, and older teens who can handle the graphic depiction of animals attacking each other. If you are new to comic books, then you would definitely appreciate the depth that can be found in this quick read.

*eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Edge of Everything

"Waiting on" Wednesday, or WOW, is a meme created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Join in the discussion to see what upcoming releases we're currently buzzing about.

I'm looking way ahead this week. All the way to 2017! I'm really excited about this novel and the new year is going to be much more exciting, thanks to this January release. This novel has intrigue written all over it!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

11 Books to Read This Summer!

Ready to spend your days soaking up the sun and fresh air, but don't know what to read this summer? Check out my 2016 Summer TBR list for inspiration. With summer literally looming over us [it's right around the corner!], I thought it appropriate to share what I'll be spending the summer reading. Then I thought, since I'm constantly adding books to my 'to be read' list, I should just pick the ones I'm more than excited to read.

If you're anything like I am, you're probably always looking for something new, exciting, or just plain different to read. I'll be tackling books that I never had the chance to read, finishing series, continuing series, picking up current releases, and rereading old favorites. And yes, between work and life, I plan on sitting in the sun and reading my books...alone! ;-)

Jacob's Descent, Liv Bergen Series #6 by Sandra Brannan: I love mystery and this is by far my favorite mystery series. Liv Bergen is a firecracker and her life makes for an interesting read.
(See my review of Liv Bergen #3, Widow's Might! )

Ironskin Series by Tina Connolly: I read and reviewed Ironskin back in 2012, but I never got the chance to read the following books in the series. I’m sure I missed out, so it’s time to remedy that.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke: I read an excerpt of this book a little after it was released. That was enough to get me hooked, I have to read this one soon!

All Fixed Up, Ciel Halligan Series #4 by Linda Grimes: Love, love, love this series. Urban fantasy and science fiction are more of my favorite genres, and the Ciel Halligan series is perfect.

An Ember in the Ashes #1 by Sabaa Tahir: I have a love, hate relationship with dsytopian novels, but I’m thinking that this one might fall on the love side. This is a series from which I really don’t know what to expect but it’s been calling to me!

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy by Mike Johnson: I’ve got this comic book to read for review. So excited because I'm waiting, not so patiently, for Star Trek: Beyond to hit theaters in July. I’m also watching Star Trek: Next Generation on Netflix this summer.

Dust Lands Series by Moira Young: This is one of my favorite series of all time; I get the feels every time I think about it. Moira Young is one of my top 10 authors to read and its all because of Blood Red Road. That book is LIFE! I have yet to read the third book, but just the other day I was feeling the desire to fall back into Saba’s world. (Read my review of Blood Red Road!)

Well, that's it for me. I'm sure the list will continue growing and growing, but for now I'll be enjoying these sweet reads. What are you planning to read this summer? Let me know below!

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Oxblood's Victoria Asher is the Next Best Heroine! (Review)

How far would you go to save the only family you have left? 

Victoria “Vic” Asher is finally finding some balance in her life. Though she’s still reeling from her parents’ death in a plane crash, she’s content with waiting tables at the Clock; window shopping with her best friend, Tiffany; and hanging out with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Chad. But when she receives a mysterious package in the mail from her brother, Gil—a law student doing research in Italy—she knows immediately that he’s in danger. Vic isn’t about to risk losing her only brother, so she sets off for Italy to find him. But when she runs into Ian, the gorgeous leader of Interpol’s secret Rogue division, who’s also searching for Gil, she quickly realizes that her brother is in much deeper trouble than she ever could have imagined. Vic will stop at nothing to locate Gil, but doing so could cost her her life—and her heart.
Oxblood (Victoria Asher #1)
Annalisa Grant
Pub Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Oxblood is the first book in a new series, by Annalisa Grant, and what an explosive beginning! From start to finish it’s filled with quick bursts of emotion, adrenaline, and action.

I immensely enjoyed reading Oxblood. I was interested on the theme alone, then sold by Grant’s intriguing storytelling. Victoria Asher and her brother Gil are living a simple life in Miami and healing from the tragic loss of their parents. When Victoria receives a mysterious package in the mail from her brother her life takes an unexpected turn that leads to uncertainty and danger. However, with her introduction to the breathtaking Ian Hale and his secret Rogue team, she finds that the risks may be worth it for her brother, and maybe more.

Well written and balanced, the story flows from scene to scene and allows you to emerge into Victoria’s world while taking in the characters’ motives and the refreshing Italian surroundings. I was pulled into the story and felt as though I were truly an observer of Victoria’s determined actions and personal growth. Victoria takes the cake on determination. Not one to back down, she sticks it out through the bad and the downright miserable. The connections, whether romantic or platonic, were real and not forced, which always heightens the quality of a story. Grant brings readers right up to the edge, then slowly backs away so that by the end of the story you feel complete, but still eager in anticipation of the next installment.

I highly recommend Oxblood to readers who love fast-paced action and mystery. With her spunk and uncanny ability to ‘Sherlock’ her way out of sticky situations, Victoria Asher will soon become everyone’s favorite heroine!

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Review: James Bond: Vargr by Warren Ellis

After a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, James Bond returns to London and assumes the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. His new mission takes him to Berlin, presumably to break up an agile drug-trafficking operation. But Bond has no idea of the forces ranged in secret against him, the full range of an operation that's much scarier and more lethal than he could possibly imagine. Berlin is about to catch fire... and James Bond is trapped inside. Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents VARGR, the debut storyline in the all-new James Bond comic book series, as crafted by masterful writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, The Authority) and artist Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated, Guardians of the Galaxy).

James Bond: VARGR
Warren Ellis (Author); Jason Masters (Illustrator)
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Genre: Action/Adventure 

When it comes to comic books I expect a fast read. Though, not so fast that the plot blurs by without having made any impression. I give James Bond: Vargr points for its action-packed sequences, but it loses many for not truly bringing me in and making me want more.

After experiencing the thrill of a story like Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga, where every page had my mind racing to take in the world’s multiple layers, I have to say that Vargr was a bland, uncomplicated storytelling. Maybe just too transparent for one used to unpredictable plot twists, and tense action scenes. With the added bonus of sequential art, the gasp factor should still possible.

Being used to Daniel Craig portraying a worldly, suave, and complicated Bond, I find that Ellis’ version of Bond is the vision of a more competent Sterling Archer. Of course, the illustrations depicting Bond no doubt turned my mind in that direction upon initial inspections of the book’s cover, but it stayed with me. However, I didn’t particularly care for that comparison when it interfered with holding on to the notion that this was supposed to be a story about a legendary 00 section agent, not an animated wannabe spy. All in all, I would still recommend this comic book to die-hard Bond fans. Maybe you’ll be more open and embrace Ellis’ take on the hard-hitting 007 agent.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Beauty of Darkness

"Waiting on" Wednesday, or WOW, is a meme created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Join in the discussion to see what upcoming releases we're currently buzzing about.

As I reemerge myself back into the book blogosphere, I have to admit how much I missed this meme. I've always been the type of reader who looks forward to new releases, especially when reading an active book series or reading my favorite author's latest masterpiece. The worst feeling is finishing a book and anticipating the next, when it's a whole year away!

Here's this week's pick:

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed. Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

The Beauty of Darkness (Remnant Chronicles #3) releases August 2, 2016 from Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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I'm super excited to continue reading this series. I just finished Kiss of Deception (Book 1) and recently began reading The Heart of Betrayal (Book 2). There's no turning back for me at this point!

What are you waiting on this week?
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Come one, Come All...Take 2

Welcome to Lovey Dovey Books.

I have to apologize for my substantial absence. Life got busy, and the moment came when I just had to stop. But another moment has come and this time I just have to start.

I planned on starting anew, moving the blog to Worpress (even officially started blogging there), but the logistics just didn't work. Plus, I couldn't leave the original behind.

Any who. I'm Candace and I've been away from writing book reviews for awhile. Fortunately, I'm in the mood to spread some book love. So sit back and relax. I've got your next book recommendation, your next obsession (whatever you want to call it) covered! Stay tuned for giveaways, book discussions, and totally called for randomness...

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