Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Post #93

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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And where did the week go? I've been working hard on a current job. But other than that there hasn't been to much going on, which is a good thing many days. ;)


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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... I did walk/jog on the tread mill for 42 minutes and did about 2.4 miles. And I cut grass for 45 minutes too!


Episode 2:
The gears of the gate are jammed, and the runners have to go out to draw the zombies away until the gate's fixed. I get to be one of those runners!

I do get a view of the surrounding area and of one neighboring colony, which seems to be one that likes to use Abel as a diversion for the zombies. (So we did the same! lol) However, the runner I'm with isn't to sure whether to trust me or not. There's no records like old days (pictures) that show I'm who I say I am, or that I was even on the helicopter that went down...

AND!!! I totally learned something new! Zombies Run has a map of Abel Township that I CAN GROW! It's a game too! All those items I earn running can be used to set up the town with new items and upgrading defenses and all sorts of things.

Here's a look at my town:
Now I've grown it slightly. I've added a few things to the town center (Flagpole & Benchs), added to the defences, and also added a communications tower along with farming (the smaller sections).

Pretty cool, right!?! lol. This opened a whole new world for me with this running app that I enjoyed for the small amount of distracting banter. Cool!

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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Artifical Absolute by Mary Fan
And Content Editing Work


Current Audiobook:
Ares by KA Finn


Current Podcast Book Listen:
None, now back to Audio books


Finished Last Week: 
The Casebook of Esho St. Claire by Scott Roche

Audiobooks from Audible:
The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan
Professional Integrity by Michael J. Sullivan
Ghost City by Madeline Claire Franklin

Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #4 - Down by the River
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
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Last Week on the Blog:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:

I have my 3 reviews scheduled for next week. Woot woot! Can't wait to share these!

They are:
   Shadow Wars: Homebound
   One Day In New York
   The Case Book of Esho St. Claire

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Received Last Weeks:


Review & Review Consideration:


Audio Books Requested for Review:
Ghost City by Madeline Claire Franklin
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Kiddo survives—it’s what she does best. And since the world ended, staying alive is a useful skill to have. 

She and her found-sister, Princess, have created a home for themselves in the forest, and a refuge for the other children who survived the end. Hunting animals, harvesting herbs, treating wounds—this is what Kiddo remembers of her life Before, and little else.

But the young man they call the Saver claims to remember everything, even when the rest of the children who survived cannot. He speaks of what came Before when he leads the survivors to his island city, making promises of abundance and hope. But even the Saver’s memories can’t explain the wrongness of their world. They can’t explain why ghosts stream through the woods every night under the same full moon, or why there is a fire in the Burning End of the city that has blazed, unchanged, for nearly a decade.

Regardless of what the others believe, Kiddo knows one thing for certain: the city is going to sink someday. She can’t explain it—not without remembering. And since the world came to an end, taking memories and lives in equal measure, remembering is the one hardship Kiddo has not been forced to endure.

But the city wants Kiddo to remember: at the heart of the fire in the Burning End is a story that only Kiddo can tell—and only Kiddo can finish.

Ares by KA Finn
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Goodreads Synopsis:
“Thrilling space battles and a twisted scientist, make this book a must read.” A. K. 

"This unique, fast paced, story embodies the epic struggle of man vs machine." S.M. 


He wasn't expected to survive — no one else did — and for twenty years, he has managed to stay off their radar. Until now. Until her… 

Gryffin was the sole survivor of The Foundation’s experimental project to transform human children into hybrid cyborgs – half human, half machine. The program failed and he was sent on a one way trip into The Outer Sector where he was left for dead. He has survived for twenty years by suppressing his human emotions and embracing his machine side. 

Officer Terra Rush believes in her duty to the Foundation. The Sector needs to be prepared for colonization, and nothing can stop her from doing her job…except him. When Gryffin saves her from an attack, Terra uncovers a terrible secret. The Foundation has been lying to her…and maybe they still are. 

They have labelled Gryffin a killing machine, yet he acts more human than many of The Foundation’s leaders. He has awakened intense feelings in Terra that throw her loyalties into question, and even though he pushes her away, she is determined to find out the truth about the cyborg program. 

Gryffin refuses to be a mindless soldier, yet escaping The Foundation’s control and stopping the colonization of his home will require Terra’s help. Can Gryffin overcome the machine inside and trust her? Or will getting in touch with his human emotions destroy him once and for all? 


Purchased/Winnings/Gifts:



Won:




Free Ebooks:

(On my Kindle App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she's an Elder but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she's betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and she doesn't even know his name. 

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky Southern girl and to fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is and not what she'll be.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head or her heart win the battle?

Firefly Hollow by T. L. Haddix
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Genre: Romance with paranormal elements.
Book One in the Firefly Hollow series.

In 1960, a tragic death in the family calls young Sarah Browning back from college to her Appalachian homestead. Unable to return to school and finish her degree, she finds herself facing a future that isn’t what she’d planned. Lost and grieving, she wanders onto her reclusive neighbor’s property where she stumbles across the all-too-attractive Owen Campbell, a man hiding secrets she’d only ever thought were legend.

Owen Campbell was raised on the folklore of Eastern Kentucky, tales of men and women with magical abilities from shape-shifting to healing powers. Rejected by those he loves because of his own abilities, he isolates himself from the world. When he meets Sarah, he’s faced with the tough decision of whether to let her in or stay hidden away to keep his heart safe.

Firefly Hollow is the first book in the "Firefly Hollow" series. Other titles include Butterfly Lane, Dragonfly Creek, Cattail Ridge, and Cricket Cove. Also by this author: the Shadows/Leroy Collection, a series of standalone Romantic Suspense novels. Titles include Secrets in the Shadows, Under the Moon's Shadow, Shadows from the Grave, Hidden in the Shadows, and In the Heart's Shadow.
 

Courage and Other Demons by Jill Daughtery
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Goodreads Synopsis:
“It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane with him to fly halfway across the world; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible choice I could make.”

The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters that belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?

Autumn by Sierra Dean
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Cooper Reynolds's life is going to the dogs... literally. 

As if being a high school senior in a small Texas town wasn't hard enough, Cooper has bigger things to worry about than who he'll take to prom and whether or not the Poisonfoot Padres will win homecoming. He has less than a year before his eighteenth birthday, when a curse placed on his family will doom him to live in coyote form forever. 

The last thing he needs to complicate his already messed-up life is a girl, but fate has other plans in mind for him when it brings Eloise "Lou" Whittaker to Poisonfoot. She's grouchy, sarcastic and has no love for her new Texas home, but she might be exactly the right person to help Cooper break the curse. 

The clock is ticking, and Cooper will have to decide if he's willing to let Lou in on his dirty little secret before it's too late.



(On my Nook)



Free Audio Books/Stories:
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #4
Down by the River

Agent Brandon Hill of the Ministry meets Agent Bill Wheatley of the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical meet up in Afton, New York. The House of Usher is moving a large and dangerous weapon through this small town, and it is up to the agents to track it down. However, not all the residents are quite the same as they seem.

Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5
Old Sinner’s Bones

Agent Edouard St. Just arrives in a rather weather soaked Clontarf Castle, and finds himself immediately surrounded by the incidents that have been plaguing the residents. When blood starts dripping from the walls, and people start disappearing, St. Just realises he has fallen into an ancient conspiracy that he might not survive. Especially with a new opponent hot on his trail!





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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Danube Waves by Katharina Bordet
Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
Heartstealer by K.T. Bryski
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
7th Son: 7 Days anthology by J.C. Hutchins
House of Grey 6 by Collin Earl
The Secret World Chronicle: World Divided by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
The Secret World Chronicle: Waiting On by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
The Secret World Chronicle: Revolutions by Mercedes Lackey, Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, Veronica Giguere
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol. 4: #3 The Black Empress
Into Thin Air by Val Griswold-Ford
The Hidden Institute by Brand Gamblin
Invito Rex by Brand Gamblin
Shadow Wars: Homebound by Ursula Sinclair
One Day in New York by J.F. Penn
The Casebook of Esho St. Claire by Scott Roche
The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan
Professional Integrity by Michael J. Sullivan
Ghost City by Madeline Claire Franklin
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #4 - Down by the River
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
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14 comments:

  1. OOoh very nice! Lots of new to me ones but I have been hearing a lot about Bound by Duty! Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you. I really enjoyed Bound by Duty a lot. I'm looking to pick up the next book and it's audio book this week. :)

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  2. I wanted to try zombie run, but it was not free, so meh

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    1. Oh no Blodeuedd! I'm sorry to hear that. I know there's a Zombie Run 5k but I don't have that one, the regular Zombie Run is free here in the USA. Bummer!

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  3. *runs to grab Firefly Hollow while it's free*

    Ooo, Bound by Duty has a pretty cover.

    Do you mow the grass every week? It must grow awfully fast.

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    1. Bea, pick up Bound by Duty while it's free too. :) I loved that story and will be getting the second this week.

      Yeah, we mow grass each week, unless weather stops us. It grows fast in some areas, so that's what we cut each week. And of course the front yard is one of those areas. :)

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  4. Ghost City and The Archives books loom fantastic. You have some wonderful new books. My week was all work too. This weekend went by so fast. LOL

    Here's my Sunday Post - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/07/26/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-118-and-the-sunday-post/

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    1. Hi Laura Thomas. The Ghost City review will be posted on August 3rd. I really, really was drawn into this one and enjoyed it. The Archives stories are short stories that I've been really enjoying, and a great way to find new authors.

      Oh I lost the weekend to work as well as the week. When you're off, it flys by! Hope you get to relax this week. :)

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  5. Oh some new intriguing books there! happy reading!

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  6. I like the cover for Ares...I love those colours! You alkways seem to find a book with a good cover each week. Enjoy your books!

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    1. Chucklesthescot, I have to agree with you on the cover for Ares. But I have one complaint that I'll mention in my review too. The cover looks like a YA cover to me. The character it's portraying is in his early 30's. And the other characters are around that age as well. But the book is good so far. Lots of things happening and connections. :)

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  7. I really need to download Zombies Run again providing my hopeless iPhone has enough space! It is such a great app.

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

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