Adventures Thru Wonderland

I'm Stephanie, an avid book reader. I read a little of everything but most often either YA or Fantasy with a dash of romance!

The Efficientpreneur: A Practical Guide to Transition from Employee to Ef cient Entrepreneur

The Efficientpreneur: A Practical Guide to Transition from Employee to Ef cient Entrepreneur - Ahmed Kiremli A well thought out guide to going from employee to entrepreneur. A step to step guide to getting results in your business. I really enjoyed reading this title, and how easy it was to understand each of the steps.

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Jay Michael Wright II #1)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Jay Michael Wright II #1) - Jay Michael Wright II, SL Perrine I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.

I loved this one! Well written, I had no problem falling into this story. While it's short, it's well worth the read for any fan of horror or paranormal stories. I loved the unexpected ending!

Drip: A Gothic Bromance

Drip: A Gothic Bromance - Andrew Montlack *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Ok...I'm not sure how to review this one, so I'll start with my thought process.
When I first started reading this, I admit, I wondered what I had signed up for. This is so completely different from my normal reads, but I'm happy to admit I ended up loving it! It takes a while for the Gothic bit to make sense, but by the second half of the book I was sold! This story is well written, and while I had a love/hate relationship with JD, I ended up really enjoying this read!

The River Witch

The River Witch - Helena Rookwood *I won an ecopy on LibraryThing for review. This does not affect my review.*

I really liked the tone and writing style of this one! It reminded my of the old fairy tales and wives tales I have heard. But it was also a breath of fresh air, and something new. I enjoyed Tabitha and Lysander, and though I didn't see much of her, I also enjoyed Moll.

I love all the fae creatures Tab encounters, and though her naivete tends to get her into trouble, I like that I can see her slowly coming to understand as her journey continues that not all strangers are nice. That said, I'm hoping she finds some friends she can trust as her journey continues.

Flames from the North (The Otherworldly Operatives, #1)

Flames from the North (The Otherworldly Operatives, #1) - S.B. Norton *I received an ecopy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

I really wanted to love this one, and while I did enjoy parts, I didn't love it. I think this is more a case of it's not you it's me. The odd thing is, that I loved the villains, especially the Waywards! It was the heroes that I struggled to connect with. I know I'm older than the target age, but I've read many other books for more of a middle-grade and YA age range and loved them.

My biggest issue was that I was never pulled into the story. I kept getting distracted, and after the second half, it was a struggle to read more than a few chapters at a time. Normally I fly through the last half of a book, but for this one, that wasn't the case. I am glad to see that I'm the minority on this, because the characters are original, and I did enjoy the world-building.

Restore: Break Out of Your Past and Into God's Future

Restore: Break Out of Your Past and Into God's Future - Vince Antonucci * I received a copy from the Publisher for review. This does not affect my review.*


This one really hit home for me. Not only did it show me just how much of an affect growing up without a father had on my life, but also how much I need to go to counseling and deal with things I didn't even know I was avoiding.

Children of Icarus

Children of Icarus - Caighlan Smith Source: Library

Wow, Now I have to go out and buy a copy! I just, how did it take me so long to finish this one? I started it just before it came out after I snagged an ARC from NetGalley, but it expired before I could read most of it. I finally found out that I could get it at the library, and am so glad I finally finished it! (Plus I have the second book on Kindle!)

While I hated...almost everything to do with the Fates, I felt like they were all fake, and while I understand they were kids, and kids can be mean, plus with all the violance and horror, they had to be broken, but I know how it is to have fake friends, and it's awful. On the flip side, the protaginist doesn't try to change anything, and just silently goes along with the treatment, but I can also totally relate to that.

The ending though...just wow. Not only did it make the Fates' treatment worth while, it was my favorite part of the whole book. I'm excited to read the second book now!

Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God

Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God - Mark Batterson *I recieved a copy through Blogging For Books for review. This does not affect my review.*

Such a powerful tool! I loved reading this, and it's packed full of useful knowledge. Not only does it talk about how to hear God, but it shows us by using examples and Bible verses to drive home each point. Well written and very thought-provoking. I highly recommend!

Talking About God: Honest Conversations About Spirituality

Talking About God: Honest Conversations About Spirituality - Steve Saccone, Cheri Saccone *I received a copy from the Publisher for review. This does not affect my review.*

A great resource, and guide for talking to others about the Christian faith. Well written, and easily applied to everyday life.

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 12

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 12 - Hiro Arikawa, Kiiro Yumi Source: Library

Ah! There were so many sweet scenes in this one and even some laugh-out-loud scenes! I loved this one, and seeing how things are progressing both between the characters and between the different factions.

Skeleton Dolls: Children of the Tower

Skeleton Dolls: Children of the Tower - Kenny Lee Lewis, Wayne Miller, Alex Van Brasch, Meghan Pinson, Steven Booth *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Such an imaginative story! I loved seeing Jennifer and Camille and their special gift. The worldbuilding was well done, and the characters interesting and unique!

Dragma's Keep

Dragma's Keep - Vance Pumphrey *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

I have never played D&D, but this book looked interesting so I thought I would give it a try. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Well written, and I had no trouble to keep up and understanding the setting and characters. If you are a fan of fantasy, or are looking to read more fantasy, this is a great story, and I'm excited to read more of this series!

Monstress Volume 2: The Blood

Monstress Volume 2: The Blood - Marjorie M. Liu Source: Library

I love this series! Maika continues her search by traveling to the Isle of Bone. Beautiful illistrations, and complex story-telling and mythology.

Bride of the Water God, Volume 1

Bride of the Water God, Volume 1 - Mi-Kyung Yun Source: Library

I enjoyed this one! I have seen this series advertized in other manga, and on anime/manga websites, but haven't heard it mentioned much. I love the cover art, and mythology, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did! The artwork throughout is stunningly beautiful, and the story is interesting. While I'm still not sure who all the characters are yet, I enjoyed reading this, and look forward to reading the rest of this series.

Rebel

Rebel - Joanne Macgregor * I received an ecopy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Death...so much death! This final book in the Recoil Trilogy picks up right after book 2 (Refuse) ended. Robin, Jinx's twin brother, has been caught and taken to ASTA for questioning. Quinn seeks out Jinxy to tell her the news, and together they go on the offensive to stage a rescue.

But that's only the beginning! So much happens in this final title, and the stakes are higher than ever! While I had an idea where the ending was headed, this ending is so worth the read! Far more complex and chaotic than I imagined, and there is a ton of character growth for Jinx and the team. While Jinx's character has gone through a lot of growth already, in this final confrontation we see the team truly find their strengths and weaknesses.

The Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich

The Snitch, The Witch, and The One Who Was Rich - Joe Spraga *I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Such a charming tale! Told in rhyme, this story tells of a large group of people waiting for Father Time. Father Time is very wise, and teaches each person who waits a different lesson. Encouraging kids to try their best, be kind, and to dream big, this is perfect for children, parents, and teachers alike!

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