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#UltimateBlogTour #TheWriteReads “Catalyst” by Tracy Richardson

“I feel a little like I’m stepping off a cliff into the unknown, but if I don’t move forward, I know I’ll regret it.”

– Tracy Richardson, “Catalyst”

Hi!!! Yes, I’m alive!! I know I haven’t been posting for the last couple of months, but I have been drowning in written assignments and exams. Coronavirus has definitely made my last semester of college 100% more difficult.

I’m slowly coming back to the book community, so please be a little more patient.

Today, I bring you my first ever #BlogTour! Thank you TheWriteReads for organizing this amazing #BlogTour and for letting me participate. I’ll be reviewing “Catalyst” by Tracy Richardson. I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Marcie is spending her summer working on the archeological dig that her mother runs: Angel Mounds, a site of an ancient indigenous civilization. Soon after she arrives, she meet some intriguing individuals, and becomes wrapped up in a supernaturally-charged mission to save the planet from the destruction man has brought upon itself.

Marcie Horton has a sixth sense. Not in the “I see dead people” way, but . . . well, maybe a little. She feels a sort of knowing about certain things that can’t be explained-an intuition that goes beyond the normal. Then there was that one summer four years ago, when she connected with a long-departed spirit . . . But nothing that incredible has happened to Marcie since.
This summer, Marcie is spending time working at Angel Mounds, the archeological dig her mother heads, along with her brother, Eric, and his girlfriend, Renee. The dig is the site of an ancient indigenous civilization, and things immediately shift into the paranormal when Marcie and her teammates meet Lorraine and Zeke. The two mysterious dig assistants reveal their abilities to access the Universal Energy Field with their minds-something Marcie knows only vaguely that her brother has also had experience with. Marcie learns how our planet will disintegrate if action is not taken, and she and her team must decide if they are brave enough to help Lorraine and Zeke in their plan to save Mother Earth, her resources, and her history. It looks like the summer just got a lot more interesting.”

My Review:

I’m not usually a person who reads a lot of Sci-Fi, however, “Catalyst” by Tracy Richardson was a very interesting and enlightening story. It provided an insight into so many different things like archaeology, the protection of the environment, etc. I have always been fascinated with archaeology and being able to learn more about our past and other cultures. I think it was one of my favorite things from this book.

Marcie is the main character in the book and the story is told from her point of view. She has a “sixth sense” or how the blurb describes it: “an intuition that goes beyond the normal”. The setting for this book is on an archaeological site which was very fascinating. I really enjoyed getting to know more about the topic and all the techniques that are commonly used.

Fracking was a big thing in this book. I really liked the aspect of learning about fracking and how it is dangerous and it affects Mother Nature. It was very compelling to read how Marcie and her friends were so passionate about saving the planet.

On the other hand, even though I often enjoy romance, I felt it was a little bit rushed. I would have liked to see the characters slowly falling for each other, building up their feelings.

There were points on the book where I felt there was a lot of information and it was kind of distracting me from the plot and the characters. However, I understand that it is important and often necessary to add information so the reader understands what is going on.

Overall, this was a very unique story. There were some things I loved and others that I would have changed. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about protecting the environment and the field of archaeology.

My Rating: 3 stars

About The Author:

TRACY RICHARDSON wasn’t always a writer, but she was always a reader. Her favorite book
growing up was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. In a weird way that book has even shaped
her life through odd synchronicities. She has a
degree in biology like Mrs. Murry, and, without
realizing it, she named her children Alex and Katie
after Meg’s parents.
Tracy uses her science background in her writing
through her emphasis on environmental issues,
metaphysics, and science fiction. When she’s not
writing, you’ll find her doing any number of creative
activities — painting furniture, knitting sweaters, or
cooking something. She lives in Indianapolis, and,
in case you’re wondering, yes, she’s been to the
Indianapolis 500.

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Book Blogger Hop: February 7th – February 13th

This is my first time participating in the Book Blogger Hop. If you want to participate, make sure to check out the rules.

Question

What were some of the most memorable books you read as a child? What made them memorable?

Answer

Ohhh I love this question! 😍 I used to read a lot when I was little. Every year my mom would take me to the Book Fair and I would get so many books 📚 I distinctively remember reading “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I was too little to fully comprehend the importance and meaning of the story. However, deep down I always knew it was special. It is one of those books that you have to read multiple times in your life because there will always be something that you can learn from it.

“The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen is one of my favorite books of all times. I remember reading it multiple times before bed and falling continuously in love with the story 🥰 Even though the original story is darker than the Disney version, I still enjoyed it. I felt mesmerized by the tale and for a couple years I really wanted to be a mermaid ❤️ I think it was the fact that it was such a unique story and I hadn’t read anything like it, that made it memorable. Even today, as an adult, I love everything related to “The Little Mermaid” and I think is because in some way or another it makes me feel connected to my childhood 🧜🏻‍♀️.

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My TBR List-Voting Results

So sorry for taking so long to write this post. Exam week at University… you guys can imagine 😅

Last saturday I picked the three books below and I asked you guys to vote on which book I should read next. Thank you so much to everyone who voted!

The winner is…

Book Cover taken from GoodReads

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments!

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Weekly Quote – February 12th

This is a new feature where each week I will add a quote to my blog. It will be from a book I’m currently reading, one I just finished or an old favorite.

This week’s Quote is from a book I want to read:

“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”

― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!

Now it’s your turn! Let me know in the comments what’s your favorite quote of the week.

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My Favorite… Bookish Couple

After my week long hiatus, I’m back with a new bookish meme. This is my first time participating in the “My Favorite” bookish weekly feature. If you are interested in participating make sure to check out BookishlyRebecca‘s blog.

This week’s prompt is about your favorite bookish couple. I keep thinking that I have too many favorites, so come to think about it, maybe this is not the right bookish meme for me 😂

Anyways, if I had to decide I would say that my favorite bookish couple is Katy and Daemon from the “Lux” series. I know, I know… you are probably thinking, “wait, isn’t’ this book from like… 2012!”, and you are totally right. However, I know that as a fellow book lover, you understand how some stories stay rooted in our hearts for many, many years ❤️

I read this book back in 2015 and I fell in love with the story. I remember loving Daemon’s sexiness and the playful banter between our main characters. It was a fun and cute story, and when I read the rest of the series it became one of my favorites.

Like I said before, there are so many books that I have read since then, but for some reason I always come back to the “Lux” series or “Anna and the French Kiss”… oohh, I loooooved that book. (But I had to pick one for this post so I went with “Lux”... see, I’m horrible at making decisions)

Do you have a favorite bookish couple? Let me know in the comments!

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My TBR List-Let’s Vote

It’s my first time participating in My To-Be Read List hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading.

Make sure to check out the rules here, if you want to participate.

Ok… so it seems I need some help deciding what to read next. I have narrowed it down to the three books listed below.

Please help me choose!

Next saturday I will let you know the winner.

“Spin the Dawn” by Elizabeth Lim

Book Cover taken from GoodReads

Synopsis taken from GoodReads:

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

“Loveboat, Taipei” by Abigail Hing Wen

Book Cover taken from GoodReads

Synopsis taken from GoodReads:

For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

“A Throne of Swans” by Katharine Corr, Elizabeth Corr

Book Cover taken from GoodReads

Synopsis taken from GoodReads:

In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly…

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.

With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.

Time to Vote!

Let me know in the comments what book do you think I should read next?

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First Lines Fridays – January 31st, 2020.

This is my first time participating in the First Lines Fridays. I’m so excited!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The First Lines:

The stranger came out of the sea like a water ghost, barefoot and wearing the scars of his journey. He walked as if drunk through the haze of mist that clung like spidersilk to Seiiki.

The Book…

“The Priory of the Orange Tree” by Samantha Shannon

Book Cover taken from GoodReads

Synopsis taken from GoodReads:

A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Let me know in the comments if you have read “The Priory of the Orange Tree” or if you are planning on reading it. What were your thoughts on it?

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Weekly Quote – January 28th

This is a new feature where each week I will add a quote to my blog. It will be from a book I’m currently reading, one I just finished or an old favorite.

This week’s Quote is from a book I’m currently reading:

“He stalked across the room like he wanted to wage war, but he kisses me like I’m the most delicate thing in the castle.” ❤️

― Brigid Kemmerer, A Heart So Fierce and Broken

Now it’s your turn! Let me know in the comments what’s your favorite quote of the week.

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“A Curse So Dark And Lonely” by Brigid Kemmerer

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

― Brigid Kemmerer, “A Curse So Dark and Lonely”

I have heard so much about this book. I wanted to read it when it came out in 2019 but for some reason I always put it off. Last week I decided it was time to read it and I completely devoured it.

Wow! Just Wow! This retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” was nothing like what I expected. I loved the diversity of the characters and the representation of Cerebral Palsy. The author was able to craft an amazing story full of action-packed moments.

I loved the romance between Rhen and Harper. I really enjoyed their progress and how it was not love at first sight. It gave the reader a chance to really get to know the characters.

Harper’s character was fantastically written. I liked the fact that she was not a damsel in distress and she could take matters into her own hands.

The romance was not the main focus of the novel, but I loved the playful banter between Rhen and Harper. To be honest, the ending was not what I expected romance-wise but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I definitely wanted more! Still, I understand the author needs to end the book in a certain way for the next installment.

The plot was really well thought out. I was caught by surprise multiple times and that ending was truly amazing!

I’m not gonna lie, I already started reading the second book “A Heart So Fierce And Broken” and I’m a little scared. I don’t like to know too much about a book before reading it, but I know this one is a little different from the first. If you have read the first book and already started the second one, you’ll understand what I mean.

Anyways, I’m sure I have nothing to worry about. I loved the first book and will love the second too. I’m here for the long run!

Let me know in the comments if you have read “A Curse So Dark And Lonely” or if you are planning to read it. What were your thoughts on it?

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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Weekly Quote – January 22nd

This is a new feature where each week I will add a quote to my blog. It will be from a book I’m currently reading, one I just finished or an old favorite.

This week’s Quote is from an old favorite:

“The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.”

― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

Now it’s your turn! Let me know in the comments what’s your favorite quote of the week.