Racine: Sisterhood Stories by Alison Clarke

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“In a world divided by fear, hate, and prejudice, Racine embarks on a journey to discover who she really is. After a lifetime of alienation and rejection because of the colour of her skin and her Black heritage, she discovers the ultimate truth of good
is wrapped up in the magic of the Story. Stories have the power to change the world, but first, the stories need unlocking.

In this thought-provoking, profoundly moving call-to-arms fantasy story, Alison Clarke tells the story of Racine’s self-discovery and coming of age through her exploration of the ‘Story’ throughout time and ages. As Racine travels from the Library of Congress through time and space to lands both magical and real, she unlocks the mysteries of her own heritage and comes to understand that there are more things that join us than divide us. 

Winner of Canada’s Diversity Magazine Award ‘Black Writer Of The Year Award 2017’ Alison Clarke writes inspirational, magical stories with a powerful message about being the change in the world we would like to see. For readers of all ages.”

Source: Amazon.com

Racine is a lonely young woman trying to figure out her path in life. She spends her days hiding out  in the famed Library of Congress, using her love of reading to comfort old wounds. She soon discovers a magical world full of legendary figures and learns some profound life lessons on her journey.
This story is well written with a treasure trove of imagery and superb world building. You can tell the author took great care in crafting this story. (I love a good craftswoman 😉 )   giphy (2)

Alison Clarke has a way of making the reader feel she is inhabiting the body of the main character. Everything Racine experienced made me feel like I was actually there with her in real time (and we all know that is the mark of an excellent book).  I also think I need to gush about the cover.

The cover of this book is a thing of beauty.  I have stared at it longer than is acceptable, even my fangirl standards.  The colors are strong and bright, giving off a dreamy quality while our main character is standing in profile looking up at the sky with a dreamy expression and blade in hand. She is a woman on a mission and I want to see what it is. Also…Can we PLEASE get ZENDAYA to play RACINE? I would die, she is my girl crush of the moment and I personally think she would be perfect.  So there, it’s been put out there so the universe can hear it. Make this a movie starring Zendaya please and thank you.

Also…Can we PLEASE get ZENDAYA to play RACINE? I would die, she is my girl crush of the moment and I personally think she would be perfect.  So there, it’s been put out there so the universe can hear it. Make this a movie starring Zendaya pleaseandthankyou.

Now that it’s

giphy (3).gif been put out there so the universe can hear it, let’s repeat this mantra:  Make this a movie starring Zendaya please and thank you.  Of course, in order for it to reach the attention of the movie gods, everyone needs to READ it, so go forth and one-click and it shall be so. (pretty sure that’s written on an ancient scroll somewhere) ❤

 

So, we have a gorgeous cover and an equally gorgeous story.  You know what that means boys and girls…. We have a winner! Racine gets a 5 out of 5 stars and a recommendation for everyone to read it!

It is available on Amazon along with The Sisterhood by Alison Clarke which is the first book in that series.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!

Bibliogal

 

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Title: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things
Author: Martina McAtee     
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

 

Blurb:
17-year-old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is.
They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her Reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. When she isn’t writing young adult books about worlds with reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures she’s reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things released in August of 2015. Her second book in the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things, will release July 15, 2016.
Author Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MartinaMcAtee1

Buy Links:
Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things: http://amzn.to/1Z4L4NH
Dark Dreams and Dead Things: http://amzn.to/1Z4KVtH



 

Review: Death Know My Name by Kellie Wallace

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After the tragic drowning of her brother eighteen years ago, Aleida Fuller has lived her life communicating with the supernatural. She can see and speak to the dead, as if they were still walking the earth. Despite being welcomed in the spirit world, Aleida lives a closeted existence. Her reclusive mother refuses to accept her abilities and the local townsfolk think she’s a fraud.

When mysterious traveler Rafe Jenner arrives in town, Aleida’s dull life is irrevocably changed. He’s handsome, strange, and oddly alluring, with piercing eyes that turn red in the dark…

As Aleida and Rafe are teamed up to solve a crime for the Sheriff’s Office, a great evil lurks in the shadows. Bloodthirsty for Aleida’s soul, Hell-bound demon Albinus roams the earth, shedding blood and taking lives in search of her. He will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. Aleida must draw on her physic abilities and her new-found alliance with Rafe to battle Hell’s agents before her soul is lost forever.”

Blurb Source: Amazon

I have waited for a long time to officially review this book and the time is here!  Anyone who knows me or reads the blog on a semi – regular basis, knows my obsession with Supernatural.  This story reads like an episode,

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only maybe a spin-off with side characters.  What I’m trying to say is, the overall feel of this book is spine tingling good.

We have Aleida, a troubled soul who can see spirits.  She obtained her power through tragedy and lives under the scrutiny and skepticism of a small town.

Rafe Jenner is a bored and restless spirit, tasked with collecting souls.  He has a secret past and it’s tricky to see what side he’s on.  Is is good or bad? The mystery of Rafe is as tantalizing as the mystery of the entity that is after Aleida.

I absolutely loved this book and the adventure it took me on.  Scary villains, anti-heroes, and spooky ghost stories all intertwine to take you on a magical thrill ride.  I am so glad this book is going to be a series as I have plans to read them ALL!

Death Knows my Name gets a solid 5 out of 5 Stars and is recommended to everyone (but probably 18 and up for some sexual content and scary paranormal elements) and it’s available just in time for Halloween!

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For those interested, Death Knows My Name is available on Amazon. You can follow Kellie Wallace on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Well Hello There!

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Hey guys! I’m a little behind on the Season Premiere Review and Giveaway that I promised but I’m going to remedy that! I will be posting my review of Death Knows My Name by Kellie Wallace TOMORROW!!!!! Until then, I’m going to post a little opportunity…

MYSTERY GIVEAWAY!

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In celebration of our SEASON PREMIERE, I’m going to give 1 reader a chance to win a mystery grab bag filled with assorted items that represent this blog. Basically and geektastic goody bag filled with items sure to win the heart of anyone interested in Pop Culture, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy,  and Paranormal reads. Some items may include:

Autographed Bookmarks from Authors that have been reviewed by Bibliogal Book Blog

Paperback books of various genres represented by this blog(some autographed others blank)

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Entry is simple.  Simply LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE this post on FACEBOOK! Contest is open for the rest of the weekend and will be closed on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 at 10:00 PM EST/US AS ALWAYS, CONTESTS ARE OPEN INTERNATIONALLY

ENJOY!

Happy Reading!

Bibliogal

 

***Disclaimer***

Facebook is in NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH THIS CONTEST. BIBLIOGAL BOOK BLOG IS THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY.

I’m Baaaack!

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After a nearly month-long hiatus with a few random Facebook posts, I’m back to book blogging! After much contemplation, I am implementing a few changes.  I hope these changes result in less stress for me and more quality content for you.

I have decided to nurture my writing career, which means that I will be cutting down on blog tours and release blitzes. I won’t stop altogether, but I won’t be posting them several times a week either.  10722311c37ba3ce14fee257b84cceba

Review Guidelines have changed completely, as in I WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING UNSOLICITED REVIEW REQUESTS! This isn’t a punishment or a snub to the authors that have nurtured my book obsession.  I have found that in accepting review requests, my time is no longer my own.  Once I’ve agreed to review a book, I am obligated to review it in a timely fashion.  This is a fair and acceptable practice, I just don’t have time to read books in a short period like I used to.  It’s not fair to me or the author. I have also been receiving requests by persons who have clearly not bothered to read my guidelines in any capacity.  This is quite annoying.  Instead, I will be reading books on my TBR (To Be Read) List and posting reviews.  This blog still remains dedicated to Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Super Hero, Historical, Action/Adventure, Horror/Suspense genres.  I will, on occasion throw in a romance IF I’ve read it personally and enjoyed it.

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I hope everyone enjoys the new changes being made, I look forward to interacting with you and would love to hear your feedback!

Thank you for your continued support!

Happy Reading!

Bibliogal

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Season Finale Review: Underliner by Ruth Juliano

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As hinted at earlier, Bibliogal is going on a summer hiatus.  I am taking time to regro

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up and revamp the blog. This autumn, there will be changes.  Just as I was about to announce this hiatus; a book fell into my lap (okay not my lap but my kindle) and I couldn’t wait until fall to write about it.

Here’s the official synopsis of the book, as found on Amazon:

Benjamin was raised to only care about people for as long as he needed something from them. He believed that if an issue couldn’t be solved with charm then it could be solved with money.
Frequently underestimated, and tired of being alone, Benjamin returns home after years abroad determined to make his department the crowning jewel of his father’s company.  If there’s one thing he knows, it’s books.
He quickly discovers that a lot of things aren’t what they had seemed while he was away, and has no idea what’s been going on. With the unexpected intervention of a girl from the wrong side of the ‘yawning chasm’ and an unusual chess club, Benjamin’s reality is seen in a whole new light.
Developing sympathy and empathy after so many years can have its downsides, but it can also lead to finding the one thing he really wants. Friends.”

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This book blew me away.  It’s like a layered cake: each bite reveals more ooey-gooey goodness inside.pusheen-cat-eats-cake-animated-gif  On the surface, it seems like a “rich playboy-meets regular joes and has to figure out what his priorities are” scenario. Benjamin evolves with the story, each time the story progresses and moves forward, so does Ben.  This is a book about a boy becoming a man…and it’s also about righting wrongs, and helping those who can’t help themselves.  All things that I love to read. Sex, Crime, Drama; it all unfolds like a delicious episode of Law and Order and who doesn’t love Law and Order?dgyz4_s-200x150

 

I’m happily giving this book 5 out of 5 Stars and I’m going to spend hiatus reading Juliano’s books.  She has over a dozen!! All of them are coming of age stories about uncomfortable topics, sure to jolt you out of any book slump or burnout you may encounter.

I need to end this by saying THANK YOU to Ruth Juliano.  I was getting disheartened by a few things in the blogging realm.  I was losing sight of my vision and the will to open a book.  I had forgotten what it was like to read for pleasure instead of reading on a tight deadline.  I had also forgotten how much I love reading Crime Dramas….Like REALLY REALLY LIKE them (After Urban Fantasy, they’re my next favorite genre!) Thank you, tenor1Ruth, for making me remember what all this was started for!

I hope everyone checks out Ruth Juliano and finds a book they absolutely love! I also hope you tune in next season for more Bibliogal action!

Happy Reading,

Bibliogal ❤

Rise Of The Sea Witch

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Rise of the Sea WitchRise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I couldn’t put this book down! I’m a huge fan of fairytale retellings and mermaids in general, so when I was approached with the ARC of this title…I said yes without hesitation.
The story is an origin story of the famed sea witch that we all know from the Little Mermaid tale. Much like Disney’s take on Maleficent, Rourke weaves the sad tale of a misunderstood character who was tasked to take on too much, too fast. Vanessa lives in the shadow of her brother and is haunted by some pretty vicious ghosts from her past. The author does a beautiful job of creating a fantastic story with well-rounded characters and tense, action-packed scenes. I read this book in a day and was left with a book hangover for days afterward. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy, fairytales, and adventures under the sea.
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