Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 2015 Month in Review

It's almost July! That means we're more than
halfway through the year with only 6 full months
left to gobefore 2016. Wow.  Summer is REALLY
gettinginto full swing now, let's welcome it with
open books!

Not a lot happened this month blog-wise. We're revving back up for the summer and are catching up on all of our reviews.

If you're anxious to see more reviews be sure to visit our Goodreads Pages. The reviews generally find their way there first.

Don't be shy to add us as friends! Book friends are the best type of friends. *sappy hearts*

Books Read In June

Auggie's Books: 

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Auggie's Comments: I chose to stick to a single series this month. I read about half way through a few books and then put them down because I couldn't keep my mind in the game at the time. Keeping to a single series helped me focus a bit.

I think one of my goals for this year is to complete as many Harris books as possible. Woot

Tori's Books

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Tori's Comments: SERIES ARE GREAT! Gotta love the Anita Blake books!

What To Look Forward To

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See you in July!

Until then,

Read On!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Book Haul - Swag Galore!

A few weekends back, My Shining Prince and I went to a Book-Expo. We arrived in the middle of the day, about 2 hours before closing because we'd been to a Comic Book Expo before that.

We. Are. Fun.


There was a fantastic store set up under a tent, giving it that sort of summer festival feel, and I got myself some bookish goodies. I had to talk myself out of SEVERAL items that I wanted such as the Book-Themed Nightgown (because I so obviously need this) and the bookish coffee mugs (I only have 1,000 coffee mugs already, and only 10% of them are book related. Of course I need another one! But... man-thing gave me a weird look so I decided on a 'not today'.)

693135621469095I chatted with Trisha Leaver, author of "The Secrets We Keep".  Things were slowing down for the afternoon so I was able to spend some time at her table while she talked about her books. I picked up a copy of TSWK and Ms. Leaver very kindly signed a book for me. I also met Kody Keplinger, author of "The Duff" and walked out with a signed copy of that novel as well.

Overall a VERY fun afternoon.

I would like to share my haul (late) with all of you!

Book Expo Haul

 I managed to walk out of the Expo with only a t-shirt, a new book tote, a book review journal, and two signed books. I promised myself that I would make up the money by not buying my ritual morning latte for a whole week! (*snort* That didn't happen.)

Thank you Trisha Leaver for signing my book!


It was a very fun day. There are not enough book expos throughout the year. I need one every weekend. Possibly every weekday too. This is not over the top. At all.

If you're wondering what kind of book love is happening in your state here's a great resource:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tori Review: "The Jack of Souls" by Stephen M. Merlino

The Jack of Souls (The Unseen Moon, #1)

Title: The Jack of Souls

Author: Stephen M. Merlino

Genre: Fantasy

Publication: December 12, 2014

Pages: 354


Harric is an outcast rogue who must break a curse put on his fate, or die on his next birthday. As the day approaches, nightmares from the spirit world stalk him and tear at his sanity; sorcery eats at his soul.

To survive, he’ll need more than his usual tricks. He’ll need help—and a lot of it—but on the kingdom’s lawless frontier, his only allies are other outcasts. One of these outcasts is Caris, a mysterious, horse-whispering runaway, intent upon becoming the Queen’s first female knight. The other is Sir Willard—ex-immortal, ex-champion, now addicted to pain-killing herbs and banished from the court.

With their help, Harric might keep his curse at bay. But for how long?

And both companions bring perils and secrets of their own: Caris bears the scars of a troubled past that still hunts her; Willard is at war with the Old Ones, an order of insane immortal knights who once enslaved the kingdom. The Old Ones have returned to murder Willard and seize the throne from his queen. Willard is both on the run from them, and on one final, desperate quest to save her.

Together, Harric and his companions must overcome fanatical armies, murderous sorcerers, and powerful supernatural foes.

Alone, Harric must face the temptation of a forbidden magic that could break his curse, but cost him the only woman he’s ever loved.

Goodness gracious, that was certainly an adventure. As my first dalliance with the Epic Fantasy genre in quite some time, The Jack of Souls did not disappoint. I have to admit, I am an avid fan of writers such as Terry Brooks and J.R.R. Tolkien so I’ve read my fair share of there-and-back-again voyages. So, I am happy to report that my inner skeptic was quickly silenced once I met Harric…a character who pays homage to one of my favorite myths, the trickster. He must break a curse placed upon him, by his own mother I might add, if he wants to outwit fate and live to see another birthday. Intrigued yet?

The author skillfully crafted individuals that kept my attention throughout the book. But Caris, the horse-touched female knight and companion of Harric, had to be my favorite. I couldn’t help but picture Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones every time she is mentioned. Just go take a gander and you will see exactly what I mean.

The other supporting characters are wonderfully eclectic and make well-crafted companions to follow Harric and Caris on a heroic quest to save the Queen. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Merlino did not skimp on the humor in this book. Don’t get me wrong…I love a beautifully detailed scene as much as the next reader. But I like to have a good a chuckle with my sword fights too. Who doesn’t?

4 quills to The Jack of Souls! If you are in the mood for a fantastic fantasy adventure, then I suggest you move Merlino to the top of your reading list. I have no doubt that the expert world building will only get more enthralling as The Unseen Moon series continues.

Until next time!


  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tori Review: "The Return" by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: The Return

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: New Adult Paranormal

Publication: February 16, 2015

Pages: 347

Summary: The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.

First of all, let me just say that it is good to be back among civilization. Okay, so that might be a touch too dramatic…but due to health issues in which my body decided to stage a palace coup…I went dark for almost 2 months. Sadly…reading took an unwavering hiatus during my time spent stuck in bed. I am now, however, on the mend and back to surfing my beloved blogosphere!

Which brings me to the one and only literary male to keep me company while I was missing the world…Seth from the amazing first installment in the Titan series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I first met Seth when I gobbled up all five books in her Covenant series. He really is the epitome of that guy. He’s gorgeous, charming, and a little dangerous…well, scratch that…he’s mega-danger wrapped up in a blond god-like package and he so knows it. So, naturally, I had a few moments where I let him get under my skin. I had equal moments of wanting to smack him and then swoon moments later. But it was at the end of the last book that my heart completely broke for him and I was secretly hoping that we hadn’t heard the end of his story. 

Of course, Armentrout did not disappoint and now he’s back! It’s finally his turn to be tempted when he is tasked by Apollo to protect a girl who is (GASP) off-limits to him. Josie is so wonderfully…human. She was the first character from this series that had to contend with the chaos that the Olympians have caused without any powers. It is through her vulnerability that we finally get to see the softer and sweeter side of Seth.

You all know that I have not been shy with my adoration of this author’s writing so I will reign in my tendency to gush. But, as always, the amazing action and witty dialogue sucked me in from start to finish. Not to mention…as this is technically New Adult and no longer in the YA realm…we have some sinfully steamy scenes that will appeal to the romance readers out there.

4.5 quills to The Return! While I wait for the next book in this series to make its debut, I plan to devour her most recent release Fall With Me posthaste.

Happy Reading!


  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Movin' and Shakin' and Readin' and Writin'!

Hello my darling darlings.

I have missed you!

After Bout Of Books I took some very needed time away from all responsibilities that were not work focused. I needed some space from life to begin learning to cope with the tragedy that my family endured last month.  Basically, I did absolutely nothing with my free-time except read, watch Netflix, and sleep.

I've done a lot of necessary thinking about my priorities and have already begun to change up quite a few things in my life. Hopefully all for the better.

Thankfully, the blog made the cut. I want to keep it going, and I read so much anyway it's silly to shut the doors, especially when I have such an amazing blog family to support me.

However! There are going to be a few changes... the biggest change is as follows:

Tori and I will be considerably more picky about what books we accept from authors. As of this moment, unless it comes highly recommended by readers we trust, we will no longer accept read requests for self-published works. 

Sorry guys. We just get so many requests and we've read one too many self-pubs that haven't even seen an editor.  That's sort of the dark-side of the self-publishing industry.

We will, however, continue to offer marketing assistance to self-published authors via our Author Page.

Tori and I both have a huge list of backlogged reviews that we'll be getting out to you beginning tomorrow. 

Can't wait to begin enjoying the book blogging world with all of you again!

Read On!