Sunday, October 31, 2021

Book Review - Ice and Stone (Sharon McCone, #34) by Marcia Muller

 

Two bodies of Indigenous women are found in the wilderness in northern California. It's the latest grim discovery in a long line of similar crimes in the area. Contrary to the presented evidence, the officials still believe the deaths are isolated and the cases join the ranks of other similar unsolved cases that are dismissed by law enforcement.

The town is used to the callous behaviors of law enforcement and just tolerate the injustices. A few people though refuse to let more Indigenous people suffer the same fate. Sharon McCone is a private investigator that was hired to help solve the murders in Meruk county. Sharon must try to parse out who is telling the truth and who is willing to kill to keep it a secret.

This is my first book by the author and even though it's a part of a series, I found it easy to follow along. I thought the book was okay, it was a straightforward and easy read. I was able to guess most of the plot ahead of time. I appreciate that the author focused on the plight and harsh conditions that Native Americans face on a daily basis. Overall, the book was an easy going read but, I am not sure I would go out of my way to read another book by the author.

Friday, October 29, 2021

October 2021 Empties Part 2!

 

 

It's a day away from November! I can't believe how quickly time flies.  I finished a few things this month but, nothing really worth repurchasing again.

I tried a few masks from Facetory and thought they were all pretty good. They fit my face well and were a good value for the money. The company is no longer doing their $1 mask Mondays but, they usually have very frequent sales so, hopefully I can still snag some deals. 

I bought a few beauty items from TJ Maxx last month and most of them were great. I loved the lemon soap and it was creamy and provided a great lather. I got a tiny bottle of a royal icing mask but, didn't list the name as an empty because I am unable to locate the brand online. I am guessing the brand went out of business and sold everything to the closeout store. The Naturally LeLa Mask was interesting. It was made of all natural food grade ingredients but, it felt more like a home made recipe than something mainstream.  Most of the mask got stuck in the bottom of the bottle and it was hard to spread. It didn't really notice my skin being any different after application. 

I got a travel size container of the Naturopathica calendula cream. I like that it was thick and creamy but, it wasn't noteworthy enough for me to repurchase again. I seen many celebrities rave about the Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream and I was excited when I got to try a sample. Honestly, I didn't care for it. Maybe I applied too much cream at once but, I found it to be too thick and greasy. I kept getting breakouts after application. 

Is there anything you finished this month that you loved?

Here is everything I finished -

Facetory Moon Velvet Moisturizing Cream Mask
Farm Skin Fresh Food for Skin Blueberry Energizing
Bling Pop Face Mask Aloe
Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash
Honey Jarret Super Beau'tea Mask Rose
Generex Malegum Purifying Soothing Mask
Coastal Collection Lemon Soap
Naturopathic Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
Neuma neuMoisture Instant Fix
The Beautiful Factr. Dual Probiotic Capsule Core Ampoule
Beauty Protector Protect & Volume
Feel Daily Hemp Oil Facial Cleanser
Glamglow Mud to Foam Cleanser


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Book Spotlight - Tristan Strong Keeps Punching by Kwame Mbalia + Giveaway

 About the Book:

Title: TRISTAN STRONG KEEPS PUNCHING (Tristan Strong #3)

Author: Kwame Mbalia

Pub. Date: October 5, 2021

Publisher:  Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the finale of Kwame Mbalia's trilogy, in which Tristan Strong faces off with his archenemy King Cotton once and for all.

"Imagine if you combined Anansi the Spider, John Henry, and Marvel into, like, one book."--New York Times best-selling author and Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander

After reuniting with Ayanna, who is now in his world, Tristan travels up the Mississippi in pursuit of his archenemy, King Cotton. Along the way they encounter new haints who are dead set on preventing their progress north to Tristan's hometown of Chicago. It's going to take many Alkean friends, including the gods themselves, the black flames of the afokena gloves, and all of Tristan's inner strength to deliver justice once and for all. 

Shocking twists, glorious triumphs, and a cast of unforgettable characters make this series conclusion as satisfying as it is entertaining.

Grab the first 2 books in the series now!

 

About Kwame:

Kwame Mbalia is the New York Times  best-selling author of  Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky,  for which he received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor award.   The book was also named to best-of-the-year lists  compiled by  Publishers Weekly , the Chicago Public Library, and the  New York Times .   The second book in the trilogy is  Tristan Strong Destroys the World , and Tristan Strong Keeps Punching is the third . Kwame lives with his wife and children in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is currently working several projects, including a new middle grade series. Follow him on Twitter @KSekouM.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of TRISTAN STRONG KEEPS PUNCHING, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/1/2021

Amani’s Honest Reviews

Excerpt

10/2/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

Week Two:

10/3/2021

YA Books Central

Excerpt

10/4/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

10/5/2021

Lexijava_Bookish

Review

10/6/2021

What A Nerd Girl Says

Excerpt

10/7/2021

GivernyReads

Review

10/8/2021

Kait Plus Books

Review

10/9/2021

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

Week Three:

10/10/2021

Books and Ladders

Review

10/11/2021

More Books Please blog

Review

10/12/2021

@bookstagramofmine

Review

10/13/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

10/14/2021

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

10/15/2021

Rockstar Book Tours

Excerpt

10/16/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

Week Four:

10/17/2021

Books Are Magic Too

Review

10/18/2021

onemused

IG Post

10/19/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

10/20/2021

Bri's Book Nook

Review

10/21/2021

coffeebooksandmascara

Review

10/22/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

10/23/2021

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Review

Week Five:

10/24/2021

Lily Luchesi's Blog

Excerpt

10/25/2021

Little Red Reads

Review

10/26/2021

@drewsim12

Review

10/27/2021

@fictitious.fox

Review

10/28/2021

BookBriefs

Review

10/29/2021

Popthebutterfly Reads

Review

10/30/2021

two points of interest

Review

Week Six:

10/31/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt


Monday, October 25, 2021

Book Spotlight - The Throwback List by Lily Anderson + Giveaway


About the Book:

Title: THE THROWBACK LIST

Author: Lily Anderson

Pub. Date: October 5, 2021

Publisher:  Hyperion Avenue

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 400

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Welcome to Sandy Point, Oregon: a sleepy beach town that's home to a giant anchor statue, a sometimes-karaoke-bar, and Frosty's questionably legendary Sunday Sundae Surprise. A town Jo, Autumn, and Bianca thought they'd left far behind when they graduated high school, finally moving on to greener pastures than the midway point for tourists heading to the Goonies house. But life seldom goes according to plan.

Bianca Boria-Birdy, former prom queen and valedictorian, has always been an overachiever. As she juggles managing the family tattoo parlor, caring for her grandmother, and adjusting to a new marriage, Bianca's schedule becomes stricter than ever, with no room for disruption. What she really needs is a vacation, but not even Bianca Boria-Birdy can achieve the impossible.

Autumn Kelly used to be an actress. Now she teaches drama at Sandy Point High. She may have had to kiss her movie-star dreams goodbye, but molding the next generation of performers has given her life meaning in a whole new way. Until the sudden reappearance of her ex-best friend throws everything off-balance.

Jo Freeman has it all together. With a cool job in Silicon Valley, connections at the trendiest fitness studios, and a down payment on her dream condo, she's well on her way to reaching every one of her goals before thirty. Or she was, before she got fired and landed right back home with her parents and teenage sister.


When Jo finds an old bucket list in her childhood bedroom, it sets the three women on a path that brings them closer to one another with each task. And it just might lead to a life none of them could have planned.

Praise for The Throwback List
"Witty and fiercely relatable. Lily Anderson writes about what it's like to realize you're totally failing at this adulting thing and how it makes you turn to that one, special, friend who always knew you best. A fun, funny, and surprisingly emotional look at  how friendship evolves but always endures."—Sarah Watson, author of Most Likely and creator of The Bold Type

 

About Lily Anderson:

Lily Anderson is the author of The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You; Not Now, Not Ever; and Undead Girl Gang. A former school librarian, she is deeply devoted to Shakespeare, fairy tales, and podcasts. Somewhere in Northern California, she is having strong opinions on musical theater. Find her online at www.mslilyanderson.com.

 

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE THROWBACK LIST, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/1/2021

brittreadsalattebooks

Excerpt & IG Post

10/2/2021

Amani’s Honest Reviews

Excerpt

Week Two:

10/3/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

10/4/2021

The Pages In-Between

Review

10/5/2021

BookHounds

Excerpt

10/6/2021

@curlygrannylovestoread

Review

10/7/2021

Lexijava_Bookish

Review

10/8/2021

The Book Review Crew

Review

10/9/2021

Cocoa With Books

Review

Week Three:

10/10/2021

Kait Plus Books

Review

10/11/2021

@bookisheclectic

Review

10/12/2021

Sometimes Leelynn Reads

Review

10/13/2021

More Books Please blog

Review

10/14/2021

A Bookish Dream

Review

10/15/2021

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review

10/16/2021

My Fictional Oasis

Review

Week Four:

10/17/2021

Zainey Laney

Review

10/18/2021

@moonlight_rendezvous

Review

10/19/2021

@jypsylynn

Review

10/20/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

10/21/2021

The Phantom Paragrapher

Review

10/22/2021

coffeebooksandmascara

Review

10/23/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

Week Five:

10/24/2021

Perusewithcoffee

Review

10/25/2021

Pagesofyellow

Review

10/26/2021

cindysloveofbooks

Review

10/27/2021

Popthebutterfly Reads

Review

10/28/2021

two points of interest

Review

10/29/2021

Fire and Ice

Review

10/30/2021

BookBriefs

Review

Week Six:

10/31/2021

Phannie the Ginger Bookworm

Review


Saturday, October 23, 2021

Book Spotlight - Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan + Giveaway


About The Book:

Title: DAUGHTER OF THE DEEP

Author: Rick Riordan

Pub. Date:  October 5, 2021

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 416

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N Exclusive Edition, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives. 

But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.

Rick Riordan's trademark humor, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.

Reviews:

"If you have ever craved a story that will leave your heart racing, your lungs gasping from the numerous twists and turns, your soul heaving from the effort of now carrying an ensemble cast, you will find all that and more in these pages."―New York Times best-selling author Roshani Chokshi

"Daughter of the Deep took me back sixty-seven years, to when I dreamed of becoming Captain Nemo. May all the young minds reading this book dream about the world beneath the sea and then make their dreams come true just like I did."―Dr. Robert Ballard, from aboard his ship of exploration, the E/V Nautilus 

About Rick Riordan:

Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two #1 New York Times best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. Rick is also the publisher of an imprint at Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents, dedicated to finding other authors of highly entertaining fiction based on world cultures and mythologies. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @camphalfblood.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of DAUGHTER OF THE DEEP, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/1/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

10/2/2021

YA Books Central

Excerpt

Week Two:

10/3/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

10/4/2021

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

10/5/2021

Kait Plus Books

Review

10/6/2021

Simplybeccamee

Review

10/7/2021

YA Book Nerd

Review

10/8/2021

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review

10/9/2021

Books and Ladders

Review

Week Three:

10/10/2021

More Books Please blog

Review

10/11/2021

Bri's Book Nook

Review

10/12/2021

Lexijava_Bookish

Review

10/13/2021

Zainey Laney

Review

10/14/2021

@moonlight_rendezvous

Review

10/15/2021

@jypsylynn

Review

10/16/2021

Sometimes Leelynn Reads

Review

Week Four:

10/17/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

10/18/2021

History From A Woman's Perspective

Review

10/19/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

10/20/2021

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

10/21/2021

Books Are Magic Too

Review

10/22/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

10/23/2021

Stuck in the Stacks

Review

Week Five:

10/24/2021

@fictitious.fox

Review

10/25/2021

@drewsim12

Review

10/26/2021

laura's bookish corner

Review

10/27/2021

two points of interest

Review

10/28/2021

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Review

10/29/2021

@abackwardsstory

Review

10/30/2021

Popthebutterfly Reads

Review

Week Six:

10/31/2021

BookBriefs

Review